Your Black History Month reading list

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In celebration of Black History month, we’ve rounded up a selection of must-reads. Using our platform, we want to continually build exposure and amplify the voices of black people, and in this case, black authors specifically, by showcasing their talent through writing. From poems to perspective-changing books, to educational books, we have you sorted. We know how much our UpCirclers love to read, so here are 6 titles to add to your bookshelves this year!

1. Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History

Written by Gretchen Gerzina

About: The idea that Britain became a mixed-race country after 1945 is a common mistake. Georgian England had a large and distinctive Black community. Whether prosperous citizens or newly freed slaves, they all ran the risk of kidnap and sale to plantations. 'Black England' tells their dramatic and moving stories.

2. Endless Fortune

 Written by Ify Adenuga

About: Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: A fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent. Born in Lagos, Ify’s life was uprooted by the Nigerian civil war, which ravaged the country in the mid-1960s, forcing her family to flee. 

3.  Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Written by Reni Eddo-Lodge

About: A charged and necessary wake-up call to pervasive, institutionalised racism, Eddo-Lodge’s searing polemic reconstitutes the frame of the argument around race, removing it from the hands of those with little experience of its resonances. 'Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race' is a clarion call for understanding. Explores issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race.

4. Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot

Written by Mikki Kendall

About: A bold, brave and insightful book about how the multiplicity of twenty-first-century narratives. 'Hood Feminism' argues that feminism is in danger of losing its way if it does not embrace wider issues of race, gender and class. Deploying provocative arguments and reaching controversial, fiercely argued conclusions, Kendall’s incendiary volume is an urgently needed modern manifesto.

5. Black and British: A short, essential history

Written by David Olusoga

About: Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution?
These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history. Revised and rewritten, Olusoga’s insightful and invaluable history of the Black experience in the British Isles ranges from forgotten Africans in the Roman legions to the multicultural society of the present day.

6. Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices 

Written by Dapo Adeola 

About: A colour-illustrated collection of stories and poems celebrating joy by showcasing 40 talented Black writers and artists from across the world. This uplifting volume of great stories, poems and pictures from Black authors and illustrators is a rich treasury of terrific tales.