A stunning collection of essays spearheaded by Sir Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder, Black British Lives Matter features a host of voices including our very own Alexandra Wilson and we are delighted that it is being published in hardback today courtesy of Faber.
This incredible collection was born out of the global Black Lives Matter movement of 2020 and explores what it means to be Black and British today. Extending the discussion beyond the reactions to the racism faced by this community, this essay collection also delves into the importance of representation across professions and of celebrating British Black lives. Released on ebook and audiobook this week too, Black British Lives Matter is a must-read for all and we offer a huge congratulations to Alexandra and all her fellow authors for publication day!
Here’s a little more of what you can expect…
Featuring essays from David Olusoga, Dawn Butler MP, Kit de Waal, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and many more.
In response to the international outcry at George Floyd’s death, Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder have commissioned this collection of essays to discuss how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people but for society as a whole.
Recognising Black British experience within the Black Lives Matter movement, nineteen prominent Black figures explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued. Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it.
“We achieve everything not because we are superhuman. We achieve the things we achieve because we are human. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them” Doreen Lawrence.
“I always presumed racism would always be here, that it was a given. But the truth is, it was not always here, it was invented.” David Olusoga
“Our identity and experience will shape every story, bleed into every poem, inform every essay whether it’s about Black ‘issues’ or not” Kit de Waal
Don’t forget to pick up your copy here!