West Oakland to West Africa

West Oakland to West Africa provides a sustained exchange to connect members of the African diaspora and Africa through creative writing. Our core values are to create a safe place for the transparent healing and growth of Black people.

  1. Literary Arts
  • West Oakland to West Africa provides a sustained exchange to connect members of the African diaspora and Africa through creative writing. Our core values are to create a safe place for the transparent healing and growth of Black people; to deliver innovative and authentic forms of writing and to engage the medium of spoken word to shape and define the narratives of the diaspora; to allow a visceral and uncensored critique of social systems through artistic expression. Our goal is to facilitate a return to retrieve what has been forgotten or lost (Sankofa). By doing so, we hope to continue to promote Afrocentric approaches to international and cross-cultural relationships that support holistic partnerships between Americans and the world around us.