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Black History Month

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    22 October 2021 /

    This October we’re celebrating Black History Month.

    Black History Month is an annual time of recognition, celebration, and consideration of the Black experience. The month aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history in general.

    There are lots of opportunities to take part, listen, learn, share and celebrate black history, culture and heritage this month, and the Black History Month website is a great resource to find out more and signposts to what’s on in your area.

    Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger this Black History Month 2021. Let’s come together to recognise and value black culture, raising awareness of the positive contributions black people have made to British society.

    Some of the links below might be a useful starting point for you to explore with your family, friends, colleagues and community.

    Films, books and TV programmes:

    Watching or reading a communal piece of content as a group is a great way to spark discussion.

    Film suggestions include:


    Black joy:


    Here are some book suggestions:

    All of books we have listed below are by Black authors, and not all are focused on race in the content.


    • Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
    • Knife Edge, Malorie Blackman
    • Check Mate, Malorie Blackman
    • Double Cross, Malorie Blackman
    • Crossfire, Malorie Blackman
    • That Reminds Me, Derek Owusu
    • We are All Birds of Uganda, Hafsa Zayyan
    • Sorrowland, Rivers Soloman
    • Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
    • Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams

    • Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People About Race. Reni Eddo-Lodge.
    • Taking up Space; The Black Girls Manifesto for Change, Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi
    • Dreaming in a Nightmare: Inequality and what we can do about it, Jeremiah Emmanuel
    • Living While Black, Guilaine Kinouani
    • Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
    • How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
    • White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
    Black joy (fiction and non-fiction):

    • Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene
    • Love in Colour, Bolu BabalolaBecoming – Michelle Obama
    Short Videos, TV

    Mental Health

    National charity Mind are celebrating Black History Month by amplifying the voices and stories of Black people, so they can tell you their experiences in their own words. Follow their social channels @MindCharity

    If racism is affecting your mental health, Mind’s information can help you understand the impact of racism – and choose how and where to seek help. If you’re finding it hard to get the support you need, our tips can help you find a way forward. Read more information here Mental Health & Racism.

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