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Black British Lives Matter: A Clarion Call for Equality

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A year later, Black British Lives Matter, edited by Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder, takes time to reflect on this extraordinary movement. 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. The essays are most effective when the authors use their experiences and expertise to address a specific problem. Her tireless battle to get justice for her son, and force the country to confront the reality of racism, has transformed her into a symbol, but this has also dehumanised her.

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund on custom prints unless they are faulty or we have made a mistake. 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. With Black Britons four times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act this is one of the most pressing issues affecting our communities. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them" Doreen Lawrence. By rethinking our connected and complex histories and looking again through the lens of contemporary art, tomorrow’s story can be one of repair, hope and freedom.Professor Kehinde Andrews and activist and lawyer, Esther Stanford Xosei join Lenny and Marcus to discuss. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. The fact is I put limitations on what I thought was possible; I always presumed racism would always be here, that it was a given. I am ageless in the way that people in the public eye often are frozen in time by a single event … I am also ageless because people don’t always see me as human. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.

Daley and Goll explain why we cannot properly address racism in Britain today unless Black disabled people are front and centre of any struggle.With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics. We explore the politics and racism around hair, from "Black is beautiful" afros to discrimination in the workplace. This plea to recognise black Britons’ humanity recurs throughout the book, from Marverine Cole’s account of mental ill-health, which deconstructs the devastating consequences of the “strong Black woman” stereotype, to Ryder’s closing essay, which describes his own horrific encounters with the police. The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer may have taken place thousands of miles away, but his agonising cry – “I can’t breathe” – reverberated in the UK, too.

In Olusoga’s chapter, which is an interview conducted by Henry, the historian admits this surprised him. It shows how through resisting colonial slavery, people produced new cultures known as the Black Atlantic, that continue to shape our world. 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.This week we discuss one big idea - reparations - paying Black British people, and Black people around the world, for the slavery and colonialism they suffered. He was previously the Chair of the Royal Television Society’s Diversity Committee and was the head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs for nearly a decade. It is clear, though, that the response to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests must go beyond just representation.

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