Best Books to Read for Black History Month 2022

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October 1 marks the start of Black History Month in the UK. A time to celebrate black history, celebrate the contributions and achievements of black people in the UK, and educate ourselves about the struggles and joys of black culture.

Black History Month is celebrated all over the world, although the months differ (eg February in the US), as an opportunity to reflect on the past while striving for a better and less prejudiced future. There will be plenty of events going on to celebrate it – from food and music festivals to educational talks and workshops.

Choosing a book – whether fiction or non-fiction – is a great way to learn more about black history and participate in discussions about race, identity and Britain.

When is Black History Month?

The month-long celebration runs from October 1 to 31.

What is black history month?

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize black heritage and culture. It is an annual celebration that originated in the United States in 1969, and lasts for a month.

We’ve rounded up some of the best books to read this Black History Month…

The Mixed Race Experience of Naomi and Natalie Evans

The Mixed Race Experience of Naomi and Natalie Evans

The sisters and founders of Everyday Racism – Naomi and Natalie Evans – bring an educational and thought-provoking book about what it means to be racist in today’s society.

Featuring personal anecdotes of growing up in Britain, interviews with others from mixed backgrounds and relationships, practical advice, and extensive research, The Mixed-Race Experience aims to challenge and inspire readers to help debunk common false stereotypes and myths.

Learn the intricacies of mixed-racial identities, get comfortable with stories, and confront racism in your field.

Someone from Candice Carty Williams

Someone from Candice Carty Williams

Candice Carty Williams, bestselling author of Queenie (another must-read novel on themes of race, class, and mental health), will have you laughing out loud with her lighthearted new comedy novel.

Follow the journey of five half-brothers as they come together after years of separation, and meet as adults in a time of crisis – all they remember is driving through Brixton in their dad’s golden jeep. The funny and eye-opening novel on sibling relationships, delves deeper with its subtext, showing the inequality that blacks experience every day as well as highlighting the struggle to find a sense of belonging.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

“Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back together…” Follow the romance between writers Eva and Shane who met in New York over the summer — they met before, 15 years ago and fell deeply in love — now upon them To pretend to be strangers.

A love story full of hope, joy, and smart moments, there is also an exploration of the complexities surrounding black identity and race.

Black History Book by DK

Black History Book by DK

Discover the struggles and triumphs of black communities around the world with the DK Tutorial, which covers important milestones in black and African history.

From the ancient world to the present day, broaden your understanding of topics such as colonialism, civil rights, and the Atlantic slave trade with facts, timelines, and charts, plus illustrations and visual graphics to help illustrate more.

The Vanishing Half of Brett Bennett

The Vanishing Half of Brett Bennett

Vignes’ twin sisters may be born into the same set of circumstances – a small black community in the Deep South – but how they both escape at 16 becomes very different. From their families, communities, and ethnic identities, the two sisters live completely separate lives, one lives with her black daughter in the same town as her childhood, the other identifies as white with a husband who knows nothing of her past. The Vanishing Half is a sentimental novel that examines the influence of one’s origins and past on future decisions and desires.

White and I are superior to Laila Saad

White and I are superior to Laila Saad

Laila F. Saad encourages readers to “recognize your privilege, fight racism, and change the world.” After the success of her Instagram #MeAndWhiteSupremacy challenge where she asked people to own and share their racist behaviors, Saad created this book, leading readers to understand white privilege, unconscious racism, and how to change. Featuring historical and cultural contexts, moving stories, and exercises to change behaviors, this book will encourage you to do better.

Britt (the nest) for Avua Hirsch

Britt (the nest) for Avua Hirsch

Author, journalist and broadcaster Avoa Hirsch explores race, identity and belonging in 21st century Britain through her captivating and eye-catching book Brit (Aish). It taps into personal experiences and challenges society, just wondering what exactly it means to be British and why we as a nation are in denial of our imperial past.

The Inconvenient Truth About Racism by John Barnes

The Inconvenient Truth About Racism by John Barnes

Former professional soccer player John Barnes has moved to the UK after living in Jamaica for 12 years of his life. He became the country’s most prominent black footballer, playing for Liverpool, Watford and England, and he wrote his book to showcase the ongoing battle of racial prejudices, while including personal experiences. His writing aims to inform readers of the country’s past, present, and future while encouraging change.

Mixed / Other Natalie Morris

Mixed / Other Natalie Morris

Natalie Morris highlights what it means to be mixed-race in the UK today through her book Mixed/Other. From job applications and the workplace, to dating and conforming to society’s expectations, she explores the effects and struggles of being interracial in everyday life, and working on the right place.

Through powerful interviews, extensive research, and real-life personal experiences, learn first-hand about her identity crisis and encourage her to shake off any preconceived stereotypes.

Why I no longer talk to white people about race by Rene Edo Lodge

Why I no longer talk to white people about race by Rene Edo Lodge

Launch the conversation about race in Britain today with Reni Eddo-Lodge’s highly influential book. Use it as your primary guide and deepen your understanding of black history – from white dominance and an uprooted past to the links between class, race, and identity. This book started a national conversation when it was first published and is a must-read during Black History Month.

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