11th October 2021
Black History Month celebrates traditions, heritage, achievements and culture of Black Britons. It welcomes an opportunity to get involved in a whole spectacle of great reads you can add to your autumn reading list. From classic works to political manifestos and inspiring books for children, there is something everyone can enjoy and dive into! Find below just a few of the choices bookstores have to offer this year.
Marcus Rashford MBE proves himself to be a remarkable role model in this inspirational piece. He speaks on unlocking your true potential and becoming the best version of yourself. From navigating a path through adversity to discovering the light in life, this empowering book is jam-packed with practical advice for the children of today. This all comes from one of the country’s leading activist voices.
Evaristo is back following her prize-winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other. This unique read guides us through the notion of self-belief, creativity and vision. Drawing upon her own personal experiences, Evaristo crafts an intimate authentic piece of literature opening doors into the current conversations of race, class, sexuality, feminism and ageing.
An essential read of revolutionary angles and practical new ways of looking at race. Emma Dabiri urges and encourages us to make meaningful and impactful change in our society. The author advocates uniting together to create a future of harmony and coalition.
A tale of ancient myths and legends from around the world. Babalola captures the magic present in the power of storytelling. A delightful read of vibrant stories that embody human sensitivity and emotion through an exploration of romance and beauty.
A true story of an enslaved man who bought his freedom. Olaudah Equiano’s novel is one of adventure and discovery, not just of the world, but of the self. This read has become the forerunner of the slave narratives. A grounding humble read that will grip you.
Following the incredible life of music and film sensation Will Smith, this brave book gives us a glimpse into life behind the scenes. Will tells the story of mastering your emotions in a world of turmoil, showing true will despite what gets in our way. An inspiring read that will introduce you to the Will Smith you thought you knew.
Tackles society’s lazy issues of cultural stereotyping and open hostility. This book is a clear call to a re-awakening of the discussion of race. The powerful title draws the attention it deserves and requires. Eddo-Lodge dives into issues of ignored black history, white dominance, and exploring what it means to be a person of colour in present day Britain. The perfect read for black history month.
The powerfully refreshing Barack Obama presents us with his deeply personal memoir of the American experience. Journeying through his earliest political aspirations to becoming the first African American to hold the highest office in the United States, Obama openly reflects on his conquests and confrontations. This read offers an introspective text of unwavering beliefs and values.
A contemporary novel shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. Gyasi takes us on ride to experience life in modern America as a Ghanaian immigrant family. This is a story of love and loss, survival and struggle, and belonging and belief, that is deeply moving and complex.
A reflection on the evils of slavery. Toni Morrison tells a family story rooted in the legacy of slavery in a perfect way. Exploring motherhood, family and community, Morrison’s style is beautifully intricate depicting the reality of her realised subject.