Black History Month book giveaway

Black History Month at the Library

Details of our planned activities for Black History Month.

Reading lists

We've collated these resource collections to showcase our physical and digital library collections. Delve in to discover your new favourite book or film, and find out more about Black history.

Book giveaways

Our very popular book giveaway is back this year. All you need to do is follow us on Instagram and keep an eye on our Story. We'll post clues that show where we've hidden these books in our libraries (and occasionally around campus). You just need to follow the trail and be the first to find the book, then it's yours to keep. If you find one, please post a picture and tag us in it @uwelibrary

The book giveaway takes place across all of our campus libraries: Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Docks), Bower Ashton, Frenchay and Glenside.

Our titles for this year are:

  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala
    A potent combination of autobiography and political history which holds up a mirror to contemporary Britain (Independent)
  • Slay in your lane - Yomi Adegoke
    The long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives.
  • No Place to Call Home - JJ Bola
    This book follows a family of two refugee parents and their children as they attempt to integrate and navigate modern British society, whilst holding onto their roots and culture, dealing with the overhanging fear of uncertainty. With colourful characters and luminous prose, and shifting between London, Brussels and the Congo, Bola’s debut is about love, loss and belonging.
  • The Black Jacobins - C.L.R. James
    In this classic work, CLR James chronicles the only successful slave revolt in history and provides a critical portrait of their leader, Toussaint L'Ouverture, 'one of the most remarkable men of a period rich in remarkable men'.
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King - Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience
  • Small Island - Andrea Levy
    Set in England in 1948, Queenie Bligh's neighbours do not approve when she agrees to take in Jamaican lodgers. Small Island explores a point in England's past when the country began to change.
  • The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House - Audre Lorde
    From the self-described 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet', these soaring, urgent essays on the power of women, poetry and anger are filled with darkness and light.

Living Library

Have you ever seen a person and wondered which personal experiences in their life has shaped them to be the person that they are today? Visit our Living Library to speak to your fellow students and staff at UWE Bristol to help eliminate stereotypes and to create a safe space for everyone.

The Living Library will be running at Frenchay Library on the following dates:

Tuesday 29 October

Topic Time Host
How I fought off racism as a Black 80s child 12:00 - 13:00 Eleanor Escott
Race and identity in a rural area 12:00 - 13:00 Julie Roddier
Growing up Black in America 12:00 - 13:00 Mikella Richards
We live many lives, we die many times - navigating academia as a Black scientist 13:00 - 14:00 Dr. Emmanuel Adukwu
Race and identity in a rural area 13:00 - 14:00 Melodee Barnes
My afro and me: having natural hair in the modern society 13:00 - 14:00 Precious Onyenekwu Tatah

More information on the Events Diary: Tuesday 29 October.

Wednesday 30 October

Topic Time Host
Dealing with personal identity as a Mixed female 12:00 - 13:00 Naomi Cassidy
Race and identity in a rural area 12:00 - 13:00 Julie Roddier
Identifying as both a Muslim and Black 12:00 - 13:00 Amina Yuusuf
Dealing with personal identity as a Mixed female 13:00 - 14:00 Melodee Barnes
Growing up Black in America 13:00 - 14:00 Mikella Richards
Being a non-white female in a traditional white male nerd environment 13:00 - 14:00 Naomi Cassidy

More information on the Events Diary: Wednesday 30 October.

Hall of Fame exhibition

Visit Frenchay Library to see our selection of the Black History Month Hall of Fame, celebrating notable figures and achievements. The display is shown on Level 2 of the Library.

You can view the full Hall of Fame gallery on the Students' Union website.

Book display

Our Black History Month book display will be on Level 2, Frenchay Library throughout October. Find it next to our help pods.

UWE Bristol Black History Month celebrations

UWE Bristol Black History Month webpage

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