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Displays: Black History Month

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, Britain's biggest celebration of our African and Caribbean diasporic communities, and a recognition of the enormous contribution Black Britons have made to the UK's vibrant and diverse society.

To celebrate, we've put together this digital display, to accompany one in the Library building, covering some of the best things in our collection you can read and watch over the course of this month, including books on the topics of the Black experience, Black history, Black arts and culture - past, present and future - as well as plenty of fantastic films, TV shows and documentaries.

Anti-Racist Bookshelf

Looking for resources on anti-racism education and how to be a better ally? Visit our page on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Books, eBooks & Magazines

Life between islands : Caribbean-British art 1950s - now
New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion
Black artists shaping the world
As we rise : photography from the Black Atlantic
Feeling Seen: The Photographs of Campbell Addy
Black Britain: A Photographic History
Love & justice : a journey of empowerment, activism, and embracing Black beauty
Lubaina Himid
Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty
Black Futures
I Can make You Feel Good
Supreme models : iconic black women who revolutionized fashion
Twisted : the tangled history of black hair culture
Nadine Ijewere: Our Own Selve
Edward Enniful: A Visible Man
My Darling from the Lions
Why Solange Matters
Brown Bohemians
Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful
The Black experience in design : identity, expression & reflection /
Black Not Sorry
Black designers in American fashion
Dapper Dan
Kerry James Marshall
A black gaze : artists changing how we see
Textures : the history and art of Black hair
Supreme Glamour
Liberated threads : black women, style, and the global politics of soul.
Dandy Lion
Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race
Muse : Mickalene Thomas : photographs.
Henry Taylor - the only portrait I ever painted of my momma was stolen
How to Slay
Hollywood black : the stars, the films, the filmmakers
Basquiat - Boom for Real
Decolonising the camera : photography in racial time
Black and British : a forgotten history
Taking up space : the black girl's manifesto for change
Why we kneel how we rise
Black artists in British Art
Narratives in Black British Dance
Black comics; politics of race and representation.
Africa State of Mind : Contemporary Photography Reimagines a Continent
Chiffon Trenches
whole picture : the colonial story of the art in our museums & why we need to talk about it
Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness
Dark Matters
Don't touch my hair
African Europeans
Birth of Cool
Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography
Black Victorians
Slay in Your Lane
Ain't I A Woman?
Shades of Black
Small Axe
VENUS IN THE DARK; blackness and beauty in popular culture.
Slaves to Fashion
Black Cool
In the wake : on blackness and being
Yinka Shonibare
Fly in league with the night
Ebony : covering Black America
Howardena Pindell - What remains to be seen
Posing modernity : the black model from Manet and Matisse to today / Denise Murrell.
Black built : history and architecture in the black community
On his royal badness : the life and legacy of Prince's fashion
Sister style : the politics of appearance for black women political elites
Black on both sides : a racial history of trans identity.
Lorna Simpson collages
Infamous bodies : early Black women's celebrity and the afterlives of rights
Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem
Otobong Nkanga - to dig a hole that collapses again.
Gordon Parks : segregation story
Hair Love
Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured and Curly Hair Good Hair: The Essential Guide to Afro, Textured and Curly Hair
Among Others
James Barnor - Accra/London, a retrospective
Let Them See You
My Name is Why
The place is here : the work of black artists in 1980s Britain
Travel Light Travel Dark
Zanele Muholi : Somnyama Ngonyama, hail the dark lioness
Black lives 1900
Willi Smith : street couture
In the Black Fantastic
Out of Bounds
Back to black
The Last Gift

Films, TV & Documentaries

I May Destroy You
Toni Morrison Pieces That I am
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Gospel According To André
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Black and British: A Forgotten History
Hate U Give
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1972
Black Panther
Purple Rain
Get Out
Do the right thing
I Am Not a Witch
Queen of Katwe
The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye
Small Axe
Bullet Boy
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Paris is Burning
Get on Up
A Moving Image
A United \kingdom
She's Gotta Have It
The Color Purple
12 Years a Slave
Chewing Gum
Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art
Princess and the Frog
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown