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Publications

Articles

There are nine new articles.

The first is Penguin books which signposts readers to books which may enlighten the reader into the realities of the lives of Black people in the wake of the senseless killing of George Floyd. They rightly identify that this has led to an international discussion about how to tackle racism.

The second article centres around Peter Braithwaite, the opera singer and broadcaster who in lockdown decided to respond to the Getty Museum Challenge to recreate famous artworks using props from around the home. He focused on Black presence in portraiture to draw attention to the fact that Black people are rarely seen in artwork.

The third article is the National Education Union’s charter which is a framework for developing an anti-racist pathway. It looks at ways of tackling racism with children, young people and staff.

In the fourth article, Zamila Bunglawala blogs about the increasingly unpopular acronym BAME or BME which is used by many government departments, public bodies and the media when referring to ethnic minority groups. She also raises the issue that is can be problematic as it is not clear as a label and is sometimes misunderstood.

The fifth article is by The Guardian, Young British & Black, which captures the thought-provoking eloquent voices of 50 young Britons at the heart of the UK rallies sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The sixth entry is the government Race Disparity Audit which analyses differences between ethnic groups. It also identifies ways in which effective strategies can be employed to reduce the disparities.

The seventh article is a timeline of Black History by The Guardian. There is an acknowledgement that to understand Britain, all its history needs to be better understood and that includes the contributions of Africans and their descendants. The timeline celebrates some of the stories of individuals who have made an impact.

The eighth is a blog post from Leeds Museum which has started to look at its own collections to identify colonial links. This article provides an example of how casting a critical eye can elicit greater honesty in how the history is presented.

Films

There are two film entries.

The first is Black to Life which is an Akinola Davies film which emphasises Black presence throughout British history by bringing their stories to the fore.

The second film is a suite of short grassroots poetry readings by Mark T Thompson with one focusing on the murder of George Floyd. Many of them are commentaries on social world events.

News pages

There is one new addition to our News pages.

This is Ceasefire which is an independent political and cultural publication focusing on the free exchange of radical and ground-breaking ideas.

Directory

There are six links that have been added to the Directory.

The first is the Covid Files by the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre which is a repository of links to published material that raises awareness about social inequalities created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second is by Black Research Central which is a dedicated to learning, sharing information and inspiring Black people worldwide with stories told by people with lived experiences.

The third is BAMEed which is a website that is working towards an education sector that is reflective of society. This includes a suggestion of books on diversity.

The fourth is the Decolonial Atlas which is a growing collection of maps which helps to explain the demography and distributions relating to Black issues.

The fifth is The Counted which is a Guardian database of people who were killed by the police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015-16.

The sixth is the Resistance Lab, a data repository which has experts in the fields of anthropology, community organising, criminology, data science, history, programming, sociology, statistics and youth work identify the issues doing the most harm to the structurally disadvantaged communities.

Books

There are two book entries. The first, African Goldweights: Miniature Sculptures from Ghana 1400 – 1900, is by Tom Phillips and shows many examples of the beautiful brass weights used by the Akan people to measure gold dust.

The second Black People Invented Everything: The History of Indigenous Creativity, is by Surjan K Dass and highlights the many unacknowledged innovations that can be attributed to Black people.

Summary

Publications:

  • Articles – Books about Black experiences; Black presence in art; anti-racist charter; what is BAME/BME; 50 voices of protest; Race Disparity Audit; Black history timeline; colonial links in collections
  • Films – Black to Life by Akinola Davies; Murder of George Floyd by Mark T. Thompson
  • News pages – Ceasefire

Directory:

  • BAMEed
  • Black Research Central
  • Covid Files
  • Decolonial Atlas
  • Resistance Lab
  • The Counted

Image: Fishing boats at Cape Coast, Ghana (Credit: Adrian Burrows)

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