Celebrating Black History Month in the Faculty of Humanities

In celebration of Black History Month 2020, the Faculty of Humanities, the Centre for New Writing, the Department of American Studies and Creative Manchester have created an extensive suggested reading list to celebrate and recognise black history and culture.

Each Thursday throughout October, the collaborative teams are running ‘social media takeovers’, sharing suggested readings and films that celebrate and recognise black history and culture, provided by colleagues from the English and History department.

An extensive list has been created, along with feedback and reviews. Everyone is welcome to join in each week for recommendations of titles such as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Louise Hare’s This Lovely City.

This accessible and fun activity builds on the need for a further understanding and knowledge of black history and engages people in black history and culture wherever they are in the world.

You can read the extensive suggested reading list here.

This project compliments a variety of projects and events from academics in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and across the Faculty, including the History Department’s Workshop, Researching Black British History and In Conversation with David Olusoga, with both events taking place on 22 October.

In addition, Brilliant and Black: Celebrating Black Achievement took place on 1 October, hosted by The University of Manchester and featuring a keynote speech by Professor of Sociology and renowned journalist Gary Younge. Watch the recording of Gary Younge’s event here.