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Black History Month

2021 Black History Month Book selection 

These books are on display in the Charles Seale-Hayne 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.

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10 Books Selection 2021

Narratives in Black British Dance

Heart of the Race

Border Nation: A Story of Migration

Algorithms of Oppression

Lorna Simpson Collages

Discrimination as Stigma: A Theory of Anti-discrimination Law 

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

100 Great Black Britons

Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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

Politics & Society

Slay In Your Lane

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

The New Jim Crow

Black power: the politics of liberation in America

We Were Eight Years in Power

Don't Touch My Hair

Towards the African renaissance: essays in African culture and development 1946-1960

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

Mother of all myths: how society moulds and constrains mothers

The Hard Road to Renewal

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Ain't I a woman: black women and feminism

Talking back: thinking feminist,thinking black

Black looks: race and representation

Reel to real: race, sex, and class at the movies

Real Black: adventures in racial sincerity

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

Black British Culture and Society

Classic Fiction

The fire next time

Another Country

Giovanni's room


Their eyes were watching God


Strange fruit 

Modern Fiction

Noughts & Crosses

Things Fall Apart

Girls at war and other stories


Purple Hibiscus

Invisible man

Born on a Tuesday

Girl, Woman, Other

Carnival Mind: Dark Soul


The book of rhythms

Six Stories and an Essay



The bluest eye


Grain of wheat

The famished road

The Gilded Years

My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

The color purple

In love and trouble: stories of black women

The Underground Railroad

Spooks, spies, and private eyes

The Sun is also a Star

Art and Design

Life doesn't frighten me

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Words Are All We Have

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Jean-Michel Basquiat: now's the time

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Different: a historical context

The Upper Room

Chris Ofili: weaving magic

Chris Ofili: Freedom One Day

The struggle for black arts in Britain: what can we consider better than freedom

Storms of the heart: an anthology of black arts & culture


'Holy' Johnson, Pioneer of African Nationalism, 1836-1917

Precolonial Black Africa

The Black history of the White House 

Towards colonial freedom: Africa in the struggle against world imperialism

Freedom and unity: Uhuru na Umoja ; a selection from writings and speeches, 1952-65

Freedom and development: Uhuru na maendeleo: a selection from writings and speeches, 1968-1973 

The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire

Black and British: A forgotten history

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

The history of Mary Prince

The burden of memory, the muse of forgiveness

I was born a slave: an anthology of classic slave narratives, Vol. 1: 1772-1849

I was born a slave: an anthology of classic slave narratives, Vol. 2: 1849-1866

Literature & Criticism

Hopes and impediments: selected essays, 1965-1987 

We should all be feminists

The price of the ticket: collected nonfiction, 1948-1985

Notes of a native son

The souls of Black folk

Darkwater: voices from within the veil

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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

Decolonising the mind: the politics of language in African literature 

Extravagant strangers: a literature of belonging

Myth, literature and the African world

An introduction to West African literature

In search of our mothers' gardens: womanist prose

Memoir & Autobiography

I know why the caged bird sings

Gather together in my name 

Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now

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

Ready for revolution: the life and struggles of Stokely Carmichael 

The Sixteenth Round

Miles: the autobiography

My bondage and my freedom

The interesting narrative and other writings

A small place

Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood


Up from slavery

The autobiography of Malcolm X 


Salt-sweat & Tears 

Black nature: four centuries of African American nature poetry

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude


Collected poems, 1948-1984 

School Experience Collection

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

Jessica Strange


That new dress

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History



Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries