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Black History Month: Home


2020 Black History Month Book selection 

These books are on display in the CSH Library, near the entrance, on Level 1. A further selection of books are on display near the lifts on Level 1. All books are available to borrow.

Fill out our survey at for a chance to win your choice of book from our selection of 10.

Glory Edim 

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Andrea Levy 

Six Stories and an Essay

Bernardine Evaristo 

Girl, Woman, Other

Nesrine Malik

We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent 

Ross Gay 

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Lupita Nyong


Vashti Harrison 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

David Olusoga

The World's War

Afua Hirsch 

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

A selection of black authors from around the world, available to read in the Library



Achebe, C.

  • Things fall apart (1958)
  • Hopes and impediments: selected essays, 1965-1987 (1988)
  • Girls at war and other stories - Chinua Achebe, 1972

Adegoke, Y and Uviebinené, E

Slay In Your Lane (2018)  

Adjoa Parker, L

Salt-sweat & Tears (2012)

Agard, J. Nichols, G. and Felstead, C.

Under the moon & over the sea: a collection of Caribbean poems (2002)


Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire (2019)

Alexander, M.

The new Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of color blindness (2012)

Angelou, M

  • I know why the caged bird sings (1984)
  • Gather together in my name (1985)
  • Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now (1994)

Angelou, M. , Boyers, S.J. and Basquiat, J.M.

Life doesn't frighten me (1993)

Ayandele, E.A.

Holy Johnson, pioneer of African nationalism, 1836-1917 (1970)

Baldwin, j.

The fire next time (1964)

Basquiat, J-M.

Words are all we have: paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat (2016)

Basquiat, J-M., Ricard, R. and Thompson, R.F.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (2014)

Beah, I.

A Long Way Gone: The True Story of a Child Soldier (2008)

Bois, W. E. B. Du, Edwards, B.H.

The souls of Black folk (2007)

Bois, W. E. B. Du and Higginbotham, E.B.

Darkwater: voices from within the veil (2014)

Bois, W. E. B. Du and Sundquist, E.J.

The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois reader (1996)

Carmichael, S. and Hamilton, C.V.

Black power: the politics of liberation in America (1967)

Carmichael, S. and Thelwell, M.

Ready for revolution: the life and struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) (2005)

Carter, Rubin “Hurricane”

The Sixteenth Round (2011)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Americanah (2014)
  • Purple Hibiscus (2005)

Coates, T-N.

We were eight years in power: an American tragedy (2017)

Dabiri, E

Don't touch my hair (2019)

Davis, M. and Troupe, Q.

Miles: the autobiography (1990)

Delany, S.R.

Babel-17 (1999)

Diop, C.A.

  • Precolonial Black Africa: a comparative study of the political and social systems of Europe and Black Africa, from antiquity to the formation of modern states (1987)
  • Towards the African renaissance: essays in African culture and development 1946-1960 (1996)

Douglass, F.

My bondage and my freedom (2002)

Douglass, F., Andrews, W.L. and McFeely, W.S.

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself: authoritative text, contexts, criticism (1997)

Dungy, C.T.

Black nature: four centuries of African American nature poetry (2009)

Eddo-Lodge, Reni

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race (2018)

Ellison, R.

Invisible man (1965)

Elnathan, J.

Born on a Tuesday (2015)

Equiano, O. and Carretta, V.

The interesting narrative and other writings (1995)

Fabien, D.

Carnival Mind: Dark Soul (2017)

Feelings, T.

The middle passage: white ships/black cargo (1995)

Forna, A.

Mother of all myths: how society moulds and constrains mothers (1999)

Goddard, L.

Staging black feminisms: identity, politics, performance (2007)

Gyasi, Y

Homegoing (2017)

Hall, S.

The hard road to renewal: Thatcherism and the crisis of the left (1988)

Hall, S. and Sealy, M.

Different: a historical context (2001)

Hooks, B.

  • Ain't I a woman: black women and feminism (1982)
  • Talking back: thinking feminist,thinking black (1989)
  • Black looks: race and representation (1992)
  • Reel to real: race, sex, and class at the movies (1996)

Hughes, L.

The ways of white folks (1990)





Hughes, L., Wawiorka, M., Marsalis, W. and O'Meally, R.G.

The book of rhythms (1995)

Hurston, Z.N., Eley, H. and Williams, S.A.

Their eyes were watching God: a novel (1986)

Hurston, Z.N. and Walker, A.

I love myself when I am laughing ... and then again when I am looking mean and impressive: a Zora Neale Hurston reader (1979)

Jackson, J.L.

Real Black: adventures in racial sincerity (2005)

Kincaid, J.

A small place (1988)

King, M.L. and Highland, J.

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr: Selected and with an introduction by Coretta Scott King (1996)

Larsen, N.

Passing (2004)

Lindsay, B.

We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches (2019)

Lusane, C.

The Black history of the White House (2011)

Mandela, N.

Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1995)

Morrison, T.

  • Jazz (1992)
  • Beloved (1997)
  • The bluest eye (1999)

Mosley, W.

Futureland (2002)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

  • Decolonising the mind: the politics of language in African literature (2008)
  • Grain of wheat (2002)

Nkrumah, k.

  • Towards colonial freedom: Africa in the struggle against world imperialism (1962)
  • The autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah (1973)

Noah, T

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2017)

Nyerere, J.K.

  • Freedom and unity: Uhuru na Umoja ; a selection from writings and speeches, 1952-65 (1966)
  • Freedom and development = Uhuru na maendeleo: a selection from writings and speeches, 1968-1973 (1973)

Obama, M

Becoming (2018)

Ofili, C

The Upper Room (2002)

Ofili, C. and Moore Ede, M.A.

Chris Ofili: weaving magic (2017)

Ofili, C and Victoria Miro Gallery

Chris Ofili: Freedom One Day (2002)

Okri, B.

The famished road (1992)

Osofisan, F. et al.

Contemporary African plays (1999)

Owusu, K.

  • The struggle for black arts in Britain: what can we consider better than freedom (1986)
  • Storms of the heart: an anthology of black arts & culture (1988)
  • Black British culture and society: a text reader (2000)

Owusu, K., Ross, J. and Arts Media Group

Behind the masquerade: the story of Notting Hill Carnival (1988)

Painter, N.I.

Creating Black Americans: African-American history and its meanings, 1619 to the present (2006)

Phillips, C.

  • Strange fruit (1981)
  • Extravagant strangers: a literature of belonging (1998)

Prince, M. and Salih, S.

The history of Mary Prince (2000)

Smith, Z.

White teeth (2001)

Soyinka, W.

  • Six plays (1984)
  • Myth, literature and the African world (1990)
  • The burden of memory, the muse of forgiveness (1999)

Soyinka, W. and Plastow, J.

Death and the king's horseman (1998)

Taiwo, O.

An introduction to West African literature (1967)

Tanabe, K.

Gilded Years (2016)

Taylor, Y.

  • I was born a slave: an anthology of classic slave narratives, Vol. 1: 1772-1849 (1999)
  • I was born a slave: an anthology of classic slave narratives, Vol. 2: 1849-1866 (1999)

Tutuola, A.

My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Walcott, D.

  • Omeros (1990)
  • Collected poems, 1948-1984 (1992)

Walker, A.

  • The color purple (1983)
  • In search of our mothers' gardens: womanist prose (1984)
  • In love and trouble: stories of black women (1984)

Washington, B.T. and Andrews, W.L.

Up from slavery (1995)

Whitehead, C.

The Underground Railroad (2017)

Woods, P.L.

Spooks, spies, and private eyes: Black mystery, crime, and suspense fiction (1996)

X, M. and Haley, A.

The autobiography of Malcolm X (1973)

Yoon, N.

The Sun is also a Star (2016)

Zephaniah, B.

Propa propaganda (1996)