Black History Month 2022: resources from the Templeman Library

Hand holding mobile phone showing The Hate you Give book cover

Book Clubs

The book for Black History Month is “The Hate you Give” by Angie Thomas print copies will be available to borrow from the library and electronically via our collections on Libby Libby – University of Kent ( There will also be 15 free copies of the print book available for attendees of the Book Club.

The Book Club will meet weekly throughout October and there’s no need to book in advance. Our next Book Club will take place on:

  • Thursday 20 October at 18:30 in DG 01, Block D, Ground Floor, Templeman Library.

Future Book Clubs will feature suggested reading lists, some of which are specifically designed to recognise and acknowledge special awareness months, weeks or days, and will hopefully open new literary worlds for you to discover. Look out for further Book Clubs and related campaigns coming soon!

The University of Kent, Information Services and Kent Union are working together to celebrate Black History Month 2022.

We are pleased to promote our digital Book Clubs, for students and staff who want to feed their literary curiosity and discover new books and resources outside of their academic studies. The theme for this year is action not words, and the resources will showcase this across a variety of academic and non-academic subjects.

Black History Month, features over 90 titles, classic and modern, fiction and non-fiction, from all over the world which explore what it means to be Black both historically and in the world today.

Engage with the resources!

Some of these books are available to borrow from the Templeman or the Drill Hall Libraries and will be on display throughout October, whilst others you will need to source yourself. Have a look at the book list.

This year there are a number of titles on the list that are available electronically, e-books such as ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge and audio-visual materials available via resources like Box of Broadcasts, Kanopy and YouTube. Watch fantastic productions “The barbershop chronicles” and “Small Island” at your own leisure via our DramaOnline resource. Podcasts like ‘George the poet’ and ‘Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies’ also provide inspiration and education. There are also some exciting talks lined up including an Inspirational Speakers Archive collection.

We hope you enjoy them. Challenge yourself – how many can you read/watch/listen to during October? Share your reading comments and pictures on social media with #BHMKent2022 #unikentbookclub

Read more about Kent Union’s activities during Black History Month


Get involved!

Is a book missing? Students and staff members have the option to submit a reading suggestion via the ‘Recommend a Book’ function via

Share your views on what you are reading with #unikentbookclub #BHMKent2022 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

We believe that black history past and present should be represented in our collections all year round so if you have other resources you would like to share please feel free to post in the comments below, so that we can look to enrich and broaden collections and resources.


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