Black History Month 2021 runs throughout October and is a celebration of the often-overlooked contributions made by Black people to our shared history. It allows us to celebrate Black people and Black culture. This year the campaign is called “Proud to Be” and encourages Black and Brown people to share what they are “proud to be.”
Here at the Library, we understand the importance not just of Black History month but also of continued action to tackle racism, reclaim Black history, and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round. We are working hard to grow our collections so that they become more inclusive and diverse.
What we are doing
We have compiled two fantastic reading lists for you to enjoy filled with books, eBooks, films, and articles you can access not just this month but all year round.
Black History 365
Black History, Voices, and Innovation
Don’t forget you can use LibrarySearch to find even more sources, just log in and start searching. There is a useful guide available here.
Wear Red Day
We will also be supporting Wear Red day on October 22nd – Show Racism the Red Card – Wear red day is a National Day of Action encouraging schools, businesses, and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help fund anti-racism.
We will have displays on all our campuses, full of information and celebration of Black History and Culture, so keep an eye out when you visit us in person.
The University group BAMEish will be running Black History Walking Tours with Lisa Willams. These will be running Thursday 14 October & Thursday 4 November.
Book here: Black History Walking Tour Eventbrite
Here are some useful Websites for you to look at:
There is also a brilliant reading list of books by CILIP which you can check out online here
There are some amazing talks from the British Library throughout October, which you can find here
Check out the official Black History Month site here
More Information on Black History in Scotland can be found here
Finally here is a link to what’s going on in Scotland this coming month.
Also, don’t forget to follow us on social media to see more of our Black History Month material
You can read last year’s Black History Month post here.