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A Time to Reflect & Embrace

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

As we move into the last few weeks of the year and gather to be with family and friends, we chat about all the good times, reminisce about the ones we miss and make goals for our future. The love that fills us during the holiday season dances upon our hearts as we hum Mariah Carey Christmas music for the umpteenth time while walking down the aisle of our favorite department store because the feeling we get while thinking of our loved ones cannot be diminished by the long lines and crowded parking lots that are sure to be a constant.

November is the month of strength and inspiration. We hope you find the strength to embrace change and that it inspires you to conquer hills that once defeated you. We pray you have the strength to reflect and celebrate the life of those lost along the way and that it inspires you to live every day to the fullest.

Below is our November newsletter loaded with individuals who are living for now and fighting for a cause to better their lives and the lives of others in their community. Check out the tabs below and fill your calendar with the events and causes that ignite the fire of life inside you.

Happy Harvest Time from our families to yours!

Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers Exhibition Catalogue

The 2nd shipment of this amazing catalogue will be ready to ship at the end of the month. We know the wait is longer than expected! We just want to say we appreciate your patience as we get through your orders. If you attended the first exhibition at Anchorlight, we may not have your address (NO WORRIES!). We will be reaching out to verify addresses of last year's attendees to make sure we have the correct information.

If you would like to order your copy of our Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers Catalogue, tap the link below to go directly to our shop to purchase!


Call for Submissions!

Are your ready for BOS Zine Volume 7? We definitely are. Here is our official call for submissions. We are calling for completed unpublished work. For more information about submission categories, guidelines and how to submit, check out our blog that details all you need to know in the link below!

The Griot & Grey Owl Conference

Black Oak Society will be tabling at The Griot & Grey Owl Black Southern Writer's Conference this weekend. Tickets to this event are sold out but ALL Friday events are FREE and open to the public! Come by and get our Volume 6: Black Power/ Black Politics zine, purchase merch and put your order in for our Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers Exhibition Catalogue.

See the link below for more information on the event:

Follow them on Instagram at(@griotandgrey)

A Good Word...

A lot of the times, we have trouble asserting ourselves in spaces where we should feel most comfortable. Whether that be around family, friends or coworkers, sometimes we want to people please instead of being firm and standing our ground. Here is a thread from Brittney Cobb-Farmer, A licensed Clinical Social Worker from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Check out her website for more information about Brittney, her work and how to get in contact with her.

A Call to Action

Here are a few causes that need your immediate attention. Please consider sharing and supporting.

Refund Raleigh

OOK in the Community

Rowhouse Publishing

Triangle Events

Fill up your November calendar with these amazing events from people in your community.

CAM Raleigh

People's Solidarity Hub

Art Bash

Schrader Art

The Perfect Beet


Triangle Job Board

Here is a list of companies that are looking to hire.


United Arts Council

Center for Visual Arts

Vendor Opportunities

Holdiay markets is a time to rack up on handmade Christmas items for family and friends. Check out the call for vendor ads below! If you are looking for gifts or looking for a way to make extra money and promote your business, contact information is on each flyer. Instagrams will also be linked below each ad.

Darkness RISING


"Speak out and be Blessed!"

Courtney Napier


Founder/ Editor

Black Oak Society

Aerial Sanders

Creative Director

Black Oak Society

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