Books to celebrate Black History Month UK’s Time To Change theme

Every October in the UK since 1987, the country has celebrated Black History Month, a month dedicated to remembering the contributions of those people from African and Caribbean heritage, as well as Asian, to our country’s history. All too often the history books have written their stories out of our past and Black History Month acts as a constant reminder that our country has a rich and diverse cultural heritage.

This year the theme is Time for Change: Action Not Words’ we can come together to make a change for the better. This list is inspired by Tihara Smith who is a designer with Caribbean roots, with a local business.

📚 Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

📚 Black Britain by Paul Gilroy

📚 Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch

📚 Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

📚 Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

📚 Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored by Jeffrey Boakye

📚 Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain by Peter Fryer

📚 Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War by Stephen Bourne

📚 War to Windrush by Stephen Bourne

Check out some very important conversations with veteran journalist Gary Younge on identity politics and his book Who Are We?

As well as the topic of political responsibility with Fear of Black Consciousness author Professor Lewis R. Gordon.

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Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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