In Black History Month we would like to share some resources which will help to give you a wider understanding of why this is so important.
We’ve collated a list of podcasts which introduce their listeners to important topics, from interviews with people who were present for key moments in Black and civil rights history to activists who have been erased from mainstream conversations.
We’ve also put together a list of books that speak on topics such as the discourse surrounding systemic racism, the power of privilege and becoming effective allies against racism.
Witness Black History
Launched by BBC as an extension of its Witness History podcast series, Witness Black History features interviews with people who were actually present for, or have close ties to key moments in Black and civil rights history. Click here to listen.
School Colors is a documentary podcast that follows generations of parents and educators fighting for educational equity in Central Brooklyn. As the hosts tackle topics like gentrification and charter schools, School Colors reveals how race, class, and power heavily impact the quality of education Black students are able to receive. Click here to listen.
Blackbelt Voices explores the vastness of Black Southern culture through first-person narratives and interviews with prominent scholars. It’s another podcast that highlights the importance and richness of more localized Black history – especially when depictions of “Southern culture” are often limited to the experiences of white Southerners. Click here to listen.
Black History Year
Black History Year introduces its listeners to thinkers and activists who have been erased or otherwise marginalized from mainstream conversations about history. Click here to listen.
This series are less than 20 minutes per episode. If you go back to the first series there are chapters specifically about the race riots of 1919. They were worldwide riots, but specific riots happened in Cardiff, Newport and Barry and there are episodes about each of these riots. Really fascinating stuff. Click here to listen.
This is what a barrister looks like
Alexandra Wilson is a young black British barrister – and as a result sometimes gets mistaken for the defendant in court. Growing up in Essex she never imagined herself becoming a lawyer, but the murder of a close family friend inspired her career. She studied at Oxford University and was eventually awarded a Queen’s Scholarship, given to students who show exceptional promise at the Bar. She tells Emily Webb why she’s fighting to create a more diverse legal profession. Click here to listen.
The power of privilege, how white people can challenge racism – June Sarpong
In The Power of Privilege, June will empower those fortunate enough not to be ‘otherised’ by mainstream Western society to become effective allies against racism, both by understanding the roots of their privilege and the systemic societal inequities that perpetuates it.
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it.
Me and white supremacy – Layla Saad
Packed with practical exercises and enlightening socio-political context, the book of Saad’s pioneering blog offers numerous ways of transforming the discourse surrounding systemic racism.
The purpose of power – Alicia Garza
In a powerful exploration of recent racial history, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter examines the moment we’re in, how we got here, and how together we can build movements to create a just and equal world.