Black History Month At Cardiff Hubs And Libraries

Black History Month At Cardiff Hubs And Libraries

Wednesday 19th Jun 2019

Black History month at Cardiff Hubs and Libraries


This month is Black History Month, a time to reflect on Black history and learn from the past, to improve the future. As it is also Libraries Week this week, we asked our colleagues have put together a list of some suggested reading. This is not intended to be a comprehensive or ‘approved' list, this is just a small primer; a gateway into the incredible breadth of writing available both by black & mixed-race writers and on prominent black figures. All books can be ordered from your local Hub or Library, and if you have suggestions for items you'd like to see, staff will be happy to consider adding these to stock.


Non-Fiction and Poetry

Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 Selected by Glyn Maxwell - Derek Walcott

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama - David J. Garrow

Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers - Emy Onuora

Colour Me English - Caryl Phillips  (essays and other non-fiction writing)

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction, 1948-85 - James Baldwin

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge

Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wit and Wisdom of Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou

Waking From the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr - David L. Chappell



Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Open City - Teju Cole

Swing Time - Zadie Smith

The Sellout - Paul Beatty

Washington Black - Esi Edugyan


To further celebrate Black History Month there is an exhibition in Grangetown Hub celebrating the diverse culture of Tiger Bay which includes photographs, articles, maps and book covers.