We're sharing some amazing resources we’ve benefitted from this Black History Month.
From a range of sources, telling a variety of stories, these have helped to shape our understanding and strengthened our critical analysis of the problems we and our young people face on a daily basis. You can read our full commitment to anti-racist action here.
Including some upcoming centre events and details of how you can get involved, our recommendations are open access, engaging and suited to all interests. Most of these resources are free and socially distanced, if you’ve benefitted from them or enjoyed them, please share with your network and let us know your thoughts and other recommendations on social media!
1) This great blog from Angela Lynch at London Youth about the too often unsung heroes of Britain’s civil rights movement.
2) This detailed and well researched report from the Runnymede Trust summarises the ethnic inequalities in education, employment, health & housing.
3) This recent Guardian article dug into why the housing crisis disproportionately affects black families in the UK, echoing a lot of the challenges we deal with daily in our work.
4) This article from Glass Door is a good example of how white allies need to actively engage with antiracism in housing and homelessness and ensure we go beyond tokenism.
5) This piece from the Big Issue pulling together statistics and share projections on the level of investment and resources to sustainably take on homelessness in 2020.
1) All 4 episodes of Alt History, a series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history from 1919 that have been forgotten or rarely discussed, are available online
2) In Enslaved, Samuel L Jackson explores the full history and legacy of the slave trade. What happened to the 12 million Africans stolen from their homes? Piecing together the untold story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, a global business that thrived for centuries.
3) Black Panther is a groundbreaking piece of cinema. It was recommended for this list by one of our young people who said: "It's the first time in a very long time we're seeing a film with centred black people from crew to actors. The movie wasn't about the struggles, suffers and poverty that Black people face which is the usual topic of movies about the Black experience; instead it was about rulers of a kingdom, inventors and creators of advanced technology. It's given Black children a superhero that looks just like them, intelligent and strong characters which is really important - it's a celebration of Black heroes." You can rent or buy Black Panther online, or stream it via Disney Plus.
4) ITV has curated a collection of shows from different genres and stories, all celebrating Black History Month. We particularly recommend Alison Hammond: Back to School and Don’t Hate the Playaz.
5) BBC series Black is the new Black centers exceptional figures from politics, business, sport, science and more share their insights into being black and British today, how they got where they are, and thoughts on what the future holds.
1) Humanity Archive, founded by Jermaine Fowler, is an educational website and storytelling podcast that shares untold or underexposed stories from history. We highly recommend the Black History episodes, with a range of subjects and stories to choose from.
2) Our staff have worked on a collaborative Black History Month playlist, which you can listen to for free on Spotify
3) Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by author Reni Eddo-Lodge, is one of the most powerful and timely books that everyone should read. Eddo-Lodge recorded the short podcast series About Race to deep dive into the conversations in her book and we highly recommend it, whether you’ve read the book or not.
4) We have our own podcast which we launched during the initial lockdown to continue the dynamic and conversations we have every day in the centre between staff and young people. We have recorded and will be sharing new episodes on Black History Month and the Black Lives Matter movement soon, you can listen to them and the back catalogue of episodes here.
5) Our final podcast recommendation is The Echo Chamber, hosted by Jade and Ez, two friends who discuss issues that they hope will resonate among black British people, speaking from their perspective as black, working class women.
1) Our Youth and Advice teams are running a series of virtual events throughout the month on Fridays with Black History Month focus. If you’re already in touch with our staff, speak to them about joining a session that fits your interests. If you’re not, get in touch online to start your initial referral.
2) On Friday 30th October we’re cooking a special Caribbean meal to celebrate the culture and community of our staff and service users. If you’re in the area, you can come by the centre for a delicious meal (either eat in or takeaway depending on your needs) and some music and conversations. Please note this will only be available during 12- 2.30pm and Covid-19 safety restrictions are in place. If you can't make it in, you can listen along and see updates on our Twitter.
3) There’s a great range of online or socially distanced events being offered by the official Black History Month website. Check out what’s happening in your area and get involved.
4) Eventbrite have also created a list of accessible events ‘Black History and Beyond: Virtual Events That Inspire Action, Education, and Awareness’. With a lot of these events being online and free, they should be something for everyone here.
5) In the spirit of this month and the wider Black Lives Matter movement, we’d suggest using your learnings from these suggestions to think really hard and honestly about what changes you want to make in your life, thinking and community to be antiracist and inclusive. We’re having a lot of difficult and important conversations with our friends, family and colleagues informed by these resources, and we’d ask you to do the same.
We hope you find these recommendations helpful!
If you want to get in touch or share your thoughts just use the hashtag #NHYC