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Black History Month

Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month at the University of Plymouth library we have compiled a selection of books by black authors, highlighted these authors and the achievements of individuals, and provided links to other interesting and useful resources.

We hope this guide will help to educate and inspire.

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Book Selections 2022

Shirley Anne Tate | Black Skins, Black Masks: hybridity, dialogism, performativity

The book draws on empirical work recording everyday conversations between Black women: friends, peers and family members. These conversations are discussed in the light of the work of Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall, Gerd Baumann, Claire Alexander and others on questions of hybridity, identity, otherness and the development of ’new ethnicities’.

Margot Lee Shetterly | Hidden Figures

This beautifully illustrated picture book edition, explores the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

Mark SealyDecolonising the Camera: photography in racial time

This book examines how Western photographic practice has been used as a tool for creating Eurocentric and violent visual regimes, and demands that we recognise and disrupt the ingrained racist ideologies that have tainted photography since its inception in 1839. Decolonising the Camera trains Mark Sealy’s sharp critical eye on the racial politics at work within photography, in the context of heated discussions around race and representation, the legacies of colonialism, and the importance of decolonising the university.

Ekow EshunIn the black fantastic

In the Black Fantastic assembles art and imagery from across the African diaspora that embraces ideas of the mythic and the speculative. It brings to life a cultural movement that conjures otherworldly visions out of the everyday Black experience – and beyond – looking at how speculative fictions in Black art and culture are boldly reimagining perspectives on race, gender, identity and the body in the 21st century.


Annie Jean-BaptisteBuilding for everyone: expand your market with design practices from Google's product inclusion | eBook

Establishing diverse and inclusive organizations is an economic imperative for every industry. Any business that isn’t reaching a diverse market is missing out on enormous revenue potential and the opportunity to build products that suit their users' core needs. The economic “why” has been firmly established, but what about the “how?” How can business leaders adapt to our ever-more-diverse world by capturing market share AND building more inclusive products for people of color, women and other underrepresented groups? The Product Inclusion Team at Google has developed strategies to do just that and Building For Everyone is the practical guide to following in their footsteps.

Gora Mboup and Banji Oyelaran-OyeyinkaSmart Economy in Smart African Cities : Sustainable, Inclusive, Resilient and Prosperous | eBook

This book highlights the use of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures in order to develop smart cities and produce smart economies in Africa. It discusses a robust set of concepts, including smart planning, smart infrastructure development, smart economic development, smart environmental sustainability, smart social development, resilience, and smart peace and security in several African cities.


Robbie ShilliamThe Black Pacific: anti-colonial struggles and oceanic connections | eBook

Why have the struggles of the African Diaspora so resonated with South Pacific people? How have Maori, Pasifika and Pakeha activists incorporated the ideologies of the African diaspora into their struggle against colonial rule and racism, and their pursuit of social justice?

This book challenges predominant understandings of the historical linkages that make up the (post-)colonial world. The author goes beyond both the domination of the Atlantic viewpoint, and the correctives now being offered by South Pacific and Indian Ocean studies, to look at how the Atlantic ecumene is refracted in and has influenced the Pacific ecumene.

Coretta Phillips and Colin WebsterNew Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime | eBook

The disproportionate criminalisation and incarceration of particular minority ethnic groups has long been observed, though much of the work in criminology has been dominated by a somewhat narrow debate. This debate has concerned itself with explaining this disproportionality in terms of structural inequalities and socio-economic disadvantage or discriminatory criminal justice processing.

This book offers an accessible and innovative approach, including chapters on anti-Semitism, social cohesion in London, Bradford and Glasgow, as well as an exploration of policing Traveller communities.

Book selection authors 2022

Shirley Anne Tate

Black Skins, Black Masks: hybridity, dialogism, performativity

Shirley Anne Tate is a Jamaican sociologist, scholar, researcher, educator, and author. She is known for her work in studying racism, the Black diaspora and the intersection with feminism; specifically within institutional racism, mixed race studies, and Black identity.

Tate holds the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Feminism and Intersectionality in the Sociology Department of the University of Alberta and has previously taught at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds

Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: the true story of four Black women and the space race

Margot Lee Shetterly is an American non-fiction writer who has also worked in investment banking and media startups. Hidden Figures is her first book. She sold the movie rights while still working on the book and it was adapted as a feature film of the same name.

Mark Sealy

Decolonising the Camera: photography in racial time

Mark Sealy OBE is a British curator and cultural historian with a special interest in the relationship of photography to social change, identity politics and human rights. In 1991 he became the director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, based in a purpose-built international visual arts centre in Shoreditch, London. He has curated several major international exhibitions and is also a lecturer.

Ekow Eshun

In the black fantastic

Ekow Eshun is a British writer, journalist, broadcaster, and curator. He is the editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Tank, a former editor of Arena magazine, and the former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He is Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation.

Annie Jean-Baptiste

Building for everyone: expand your market with design practices from Google's product inclusion team

Annie Jean-Baptiste is the Head of Product Inclusion at Google. She is a member of both the CTA Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Coalition and sits on the IEEE's Executive committee, Ethically Aligned Design committee and co-chairs the DEI committee.

Gora Mboup and Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka

Smart Economy in Smart African Cities : Sustainable, Inclusive, Resilient and Prosperous

Gora Mboup is the founder of GORA Corp which supports people, governments and organisations develop and Implement people-centred policies.

Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is renowned innovation and development scholar. He is currently the Special Adviser on Industrialization to the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) where he is coordinating the establishment of Agro-Industrial Processing Zones and Industrial Policy in several African countries.

Robbie Shilliam

The Black Pacific: anti-colonial struggles and oceanic connections

Robbie Shilliam is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order and is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question.


Coretta Phillips

New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime

Coretta Phillips is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economic and Political Science. She is involved in teaching both Social Policy and Criminology in the department at BSc and MSc level and is a member of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology.