Top resources for Black History Month

Oktober 21, 2022

The final part of our four-part series Celebrating Black History throughout the year is dedicated to a knowledge hub of resources we have compiled to educate, inspire and uplift you.

Black History isn’t singular; it comes with a multitude of thoughts, stories, people and culture. These resources are categorised by content, including books, communities, films/series and podcasts. Use them to gain insight as a tool to make us all allies.

Books

Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice – Nkechi Taifa

Attorney, activist and scholar Nkechi Taifa shares themes of politics, law and culture in her memoir as an attorney during the Black Power era. The novel tackles her quest for justice in a society where the odds were against her favour but she was able to prevail.

“She wants a conscious Black attorney. She wants a revolutionary Black attorney. She wants you!”

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A historical reconstruction of the Biafran War in 1967, the novel focuses on four perspectives: the daughter of a wealthy Igbo chief, a house servant, British expatriate and a university professor at the centre of the conflict.

It raises issues around identity, love, pain, journalism and war. History is present in this book through the stories and a glossary of words from the Igbo dialect and pidgin.

“If the sun refuses to rise we will make it rise.”

The Anti-Racist Organization: Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Workplace – Shereen Daniels

HR Strategist, Shereen Daniels delivers a manual for business leaders to drive change in the workplace. This involves practices to achieve an equitable environment where all can thrive. She shares lived experiences, historical facts, HR insights and a quantitative analysis – striving for equality.

‘‘Reverse engineer your approach and seek to change the conditions, your workplace cultures and behaviours so that it works for everyone, not just the ‘majority’ who look like you.”

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table – Minda Harts

The memo offers a tailored career advice guide to women of colour to find their voice in the workplace. The guide is structured around career experiences, a plan of action to create a path to progress and support for women of colour. 

“We are constantly fighting those lovely labels some of our colleagues adorn us with… it’s important to kill those harmful stereotypes.”

Voices of the Windrush Generation – David Matthews

The real-life stories of nine immigrants from the West Indies who settled in Great Britain are compiled in this book. It celebrates the wealth of cultural impact that Afro Caribbeans made in the UK and delivers tales of challenges, homage and identity.

‘”No records had been kept, apparently. People who had spent decades in Britain… were being tossed aside like old boots’’

Communities

Discover a list of online communities on LinkedIn and across social networks that provide a community platform for people of colour to gain knowledge across specialist subjects:

Black Leaders Worldwide

BREATHE Black, Indigenous, People of Colour HR Professionals & Allies
Dope Black Professionals
The Black HR Network
TheBlackLawyers.com

Films/Series

His House – Remi Weekes

If you’re a fan of supernatural thrillers and drama, this one’s for you. It explores the terrors of the refugee experience of a South Sudanese couple who must flee from war to an English town.

Struggling to adjust, they discover darkness lurking beneath the cracks of their home. The film reveals the experience of how immigrants are treated by the government and host country.

‘’This is bail, Mr. and Mrs Majur. You’re being released on bail as asylum seekers. Not as citizens, not yet.’’

Insecure – Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore

The series follows the lives of modern-day black women, throughout their trials and tribulations. It shares uncomfortable important topics that are often overlooked, rebelling against the stereotype of the angry Black woman.

“Black women aren’t bitter, they’re just tired of being expected to settle for less.”

Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

The trailblazing film explores the perils of a Black man fighting for his identity and battling with societal norms on sexuality and love. It was based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.

“At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.”

Run The World – Leigh Davenport

This is a comedy television series based in Harlem about a group of unapologetically vibrant Black Women who navigate relationships, the corporate world and striving for world domination.

“Do not feel guilty about wanting more. Fear is good. Fear is fuel.”

The Woman King – Gina Prince-Bythewood

This powerful epic is about strength and sacrifice told from the point of view of the all-female king’s guards, the Agojie of the Dahomey Kingdom. The Agojie women must abstain from marriage and children to serve the king and protect their kingdom.

The film follows true events that happened in one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries located in Benin.

„To be a warrior you must kill your tears.“

Podcasts

Tune into insightful podcasts that deliver topics on DEI, leadership, workplace liberation and inclusive cultures:

About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Blackness and the Workplace

Black Law and Legal Lies – Black Law Podcast

The Diversity Gap

The Stoop

This article marks the end of our four-part series celebrating Black History Month. Although this is the last article, the content of our series will be refreshed throughout the years. One month isn’t enough to acknowledge Black History as it is the past, present and future. Therefore, we will keep the series alive – stay tuned for more to come.

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