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Celebrating Black History Month 2020

Black text staying Black History Month, on red, yellow and green scarves on a black background.
01 October 2020

Black History Month is an annual celebration to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons throughout our history.

This past year, the Black Lives Matter movement has had a massive impact around the world. Issues of race and racism have been brought to the forefront of many minds.

So, we’re encouraging readers to dig deeper, look closer and think bigger with our recommended reads for all ages. These selections include a mix of fiction and non-fiction in various formats.

Hear the stories of prominent black writers, thinkers and activists. Celebrate their contributions to our lives and culture. And if you want to understand more about race, racism and experiences of racism, these lists may help:

We'll also be sharing short reviews of some of these titles on our YouTube channel and social media.