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Black History Month: Books and Beats

See the resources that the British Library has put together to celebrate BHM 2021.

Black History Month Reading List

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This list contains reading material found in our library catalogue that spans a broad range of topics relating to Black British history.

Black British History: Concepts and Debates

Black History Apple Playlist




This October marks the 34th year of Black History Month in the UK. It's a commemoration that means different things to different people, but for us it is a chance to dig deeper to learn more, and to highlight the diverse stories told by classic and contemporary Black authors. Our collection starts with a podcast created by former Olympic great, Michael Johnson, who shares inspiring stories of individuals with the courage to fight for change, as well as further recommended listens.

Books to listen to on Audible