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04/10/2022

Top reads for Black History Month

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October marks Black History Month. It is a time to celebrate, learn and reflect on the social, cultural and political contributions of black people in British Society.

It is important to endorse a space of inclusivity and open a dialogue of honest conversations about race. Black History is British History.

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is the annual celebration and commemoration of the black people. It is also a time for continued action in tackling racism, navigating and reclaiming Black history, as well as ensuring representation is all year round, not just for the month of October.

This years theme for BHM 2022 is Time for Change: Action, Not Words. This is essentially activating for a better future for the black community with support and action, not just words.

Here are our top book recommendations for BHM:

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge

At the height of racial injustice in 2019 with the killing of George Floyd, this book catapulted into the limelight and spoke to many of us as reasoning why race relations are so fragmented.

“The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.”

2. Brit(ish) on Race, Identity and Belonging 

Author: Aufa Hirsch

Hirsch discusses what it means to British with a black heritage in 21st century Britain. In this literature they institutional bodies that silence the stories and experiences of the Windrush Generation and black Britain’s that feel conflicted with their identity and history.

Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society and our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. Also, why liberal attempts to be “color-blind” have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.”

3. Staying Power – The History of Black People in Britain

Author: Peter Fryer

Fryer speaks of gentrification and the cultural cleansing of black communities in Britain across the decades. In addition, this book addresses how black people have politically and culturally shaped the political landscape of Britain.

Staying Power is a panoramic history of black Britons. First published in 1984 amid race riots and police brutality, Fryer’s reveals how African’s, Caribbean’s and their descendants had been erased from British history.

4. So You Want to Talk About Race

Author: Ijeoma Oluo

The No.1 New York Times Best Seller deconstructs the fundamentals of race identity and inequality in American society, whilst acknowledging the universal need for change through challenging racially motivated agendas.

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible.

Furthermore, to access more resources about Black History Month, click here

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