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Black History Month

2021 Black History Month Book selection 

These books are available to borrow from the Charles Seale-Hayne Library.

Narratives in Black British Dance

This book explores Black British dance from a number of previously-untold perspectives. Bringing together the voices of dance-artists, scholars, teachers and choreographers, it looks at a range of performing arts from dancehall to ballet, providing valuable insights into dance theory, performance, pedagogy, identity and culture.

Heart of the Race

Heart of the Race is a powerful corrective to a version of Britain's history from which black women have long been excluded. It reclaims and records black women's place in that history, documenting their day-to-day struggles, their experiences of education, work and health care, and the personal and political struggles they have waged to preserve a sense of identity and community. This new edition includes an introduction by Lola Okolosie and an interview with the authors focusing on the impact of their book since publication, and it’s continuing relevance today.

Border Nation: A Story of Migration

Borders are more than geographical lines - they impact all our lives, whether it’s the inhumanity of deportations, or a rise in racist attacks in the wake of the EU referendum. Border Nation shows how oppressive borders must be resisted.

Laying bare the web of media myths that vilify migrants, Leah Cowan dives into the murky waters of corporate profiteering from borders by companies like G4S, and the ramping up of everyday borders through legislation. She looks at their colonial origins, and explores how a draconian approach to border crossings damages our communities.

Algorithms of Oppression

Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of colour, specifically women of colour.

Lorna Simpson Collages

Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, the exquisite and thought-provoking collages of world-renowned artist Lorna Simpson explore the richly nuanced language of hair. Surreal coiffures made from colourful ink washes, striking geological formations from old textbooks, and other unexpected forms and objects adorn the models to mesmerizingly beautiful effect.

Discrimination as Stigma: A Theory of Anti-discrimination Law 

This monograph reconceptualises discrimination law as fundamentally concerned with stigma. Using sociological and socio-psychological theories of stigma, the author presents an 'anti-stigma principle', promoting it as a method to determine the scope of legal protection from discrimination. The anti-stigma principle recognises the role of institutional and individual action in the perpetuation of discrimination. Setting discrimination law within the field of public health, it frames positive action and intersectional discrimination as the norm in this field of law rather than the exception. In developing and applying this new theory for anti-discrimination law, the book draws upon case law from jurisdictions including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, as well as European law.

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

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned psychology Professor, guides us through how racial identity develops, from very young children all the way to adulthood, in black families, white families, and mixed race families, and helps us understand what we can do to break the silence, have better conversations with our children and with each other about race, and build a better world. A mainstay on the bookshelves of American readers since 1998, and substantially revised and updated in 2017, this evergreen bestseller is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of race

100 Great Black Britons

Patrick Vernon's landmark 100 Great Black Britons campaign of 2003 focused on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history. Now, with this book, Vernon and Osborne have relaunched the campaign with an updated list of names and accompanying portraits -- including new role models and previously little-known historical figures. Each entry explores in depth the individual's contribution to British history - a contribution that too often has been either overlooked or dismissed.

Fences and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Two modern classic plays about race in 20th century America from the award-winning playwright August Wilson.

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

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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