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There are three new articles.

The first is apt given recent events and it relates to the story of Christopher Alder. Written by Thomas Burrows, this article recounts the circumstances around the death of Christopher Alder in police custody in Hull in 1998. It includes the media report at the time and an interview with his sister Janet Alder in 2017 explaining the circumstances surrounding Christopher’s death.

The second article by Brynn Holland centred around James Marion Sims whose racist beliefs drove him to research on enslaved women without anaesthetic. He is celebrated as a pioneer in gynaecological and reproduction without the acknowledgement of his lack of ethics and brutal methods.

The third article by Asia Milia Ware showcases the groundbreaking work of Congolese designer Anifa Mvuemba who showed her latest fashion collection using 3D models on Instagram Live under the brand Hanifa. It describes a digital show with ideas originating some time ago but the current COVID19 pandemic created the ideal platform and provided a means of making the show accessible to a wider audience.


The film entry is from BBC World News with the History of Africa. This sees Zeinab Badawi travelling through Africa gathering an insight into great civilisations of the past and meeting the modern communities. This series covers 16 episodes and it is the history of Africans as told by Africans.


In the one podcast addition is a collection of BBC Witness Black History
Interviews in which people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history tell their stories. These are short narratives which cover many decades of history.


Six links have been added to the Directory.

The first is The National Museum of African American History and Culture which was established in 2003 by an act of congress. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

The second is that of The British Library’s resources for the study of Black and Asian history, politics, culture and creative arts in Britain. The collections reflect race, empire and post-colonialism. They hold music, books, journals, archives and manuscripts, newspapers, maps and photographs, prints and drawings, web pages and stamps.

The third is Own It! which publishes and produces powerful, original and authentic stories across books, music, art and film. It recognises the financial difficulties experienced by those who want to be storytellers.

The fourth is a brilliant resource formed through a collaboration between Black Cultural Archives and Google Art & Culture to bring together its collection of images, artefacts and artworks online.

The fifth is Mix-d: Museum which aims to share accounts of first-hand experiences and social perceptions of racial mixing in 20th century Britain. It uses a timeline to explore lesser-known stories.

The sixth is They Work For You which is a site with the aim of demystify the Parliamentary process essentially by taking data and information from official parliamentary sources and adding features that make them easier to understand. It makes MPs more accountable for their actions by providing information about what they say in Parliament and how they vote. This is a fantastic site that enables constituents to see beyond the rhetoric.


There are three non-fiction entries in Books.

The first is by Ivan Van Sertima: They Came Before Columbus – The African Presence in Ancient America which evidences the often overlooked contact between Africans and Americans. In the second Gretchen H. Gerzina, edits Britain’s Black Past which presents new research by people within different fields. In the third Tony Talburt writes about Andrew Watson: the World’s First Black Football Superstar, who played for Scotland a decade before Arthur Wharton.



  • Articles – death in police custody, medical research on slaves, 3D fashion
  • Film – African civilisations
  • Podcasts – BBC Witness Black History


  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • British Library
  • Own It
  • Black Cultural Archive – Google Art & Culture
  • Mix-d: Museum
  • They Work For You


  • Non-fiction – Sertima, Gerzina, Talburt

Image – Parliament of Ghosts exhibition by Ibrahim Mahama, Sept 2019

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