Black History Month 2019 - image of a black woman with a shaved head

October 31, 2019, by Emma

Black History Month – your suggestions

Throughout October, students and staff have been sharing their Black History Month recommended reads with us through suggestion boxes in libraries, the Library website and Twitter. Thank you to everyone who submitted a suggestion.

We received 76 suggestions including classics, contemporary fiction, memoirs, essays and academic texts. The most popular titles were Half of a Yellow Sun, Things Fall Apart, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Queenie.

Your suggestions have helped us to build a Black History Month reading list and display in Hallward Library as well as further developing our collection of titles that explore BME culture and history. Our Content and Discovery team are in the process of purchasing copies of selected suggested titles that we didn’t have in our existing collections.

Browse the titles

Display of Black History Month titles in Hallward Library

Visit our Black History Month reading list to browse the suggested titles in our collections and reasons for recommendations. Click on the title name to see its location in our libraries. We’ll be updating this when any newly acquired titles are available for borrowing.

Alternatively, visit Hallward Library where we’re displaying selected titles. Is your favourite featured?

Black History Month suggestions in numbers

76 total suggestions

61 unique titles

52 recommendations with comments

39 titles in our collections

16 titles on display in Hallward Library

suggestions of titles by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie

5 recommendations of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race

3 Booker Prize winners

2.5 suggestions per day (average)

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