Black History Month: Black Excellence Book Collections

Student Services, Information Services and Kent Union 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 Celebrating Black Voices, Celebrating Black History.

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.

See the titles!

Some of these titles are available to borrow from the Templeman or the Drill Hall Libraries, whilst others you will need to source yourself. This year there are a number of titles on the list that are available electronically, ebooks such as The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla and audiovisual titles available via resources like Box of Broadcasts, Kanopy and YouTube. There are also some free events that are available via Eventbrite that we have included like Black History Month Lectures at various institutions. Podcasts like George the poet and code switch also provide inspiration and education, take a listen to a recent episode of Desert Island Discs with Bernardine Evaristo who recently won the Booker for her stunning novel Girl, Woman, Other – we also have many of her other works in the Templeman.

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 #KentBHM2020 #unikentbookclub

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

Book clubs

The 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!

Get involved!

Is something 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 on 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.


2 responses to “Black History Month: Black Excellence Book Collections

  1. That graphic is incredible. Do you have the artist information? Is it possible to purchase as a poster or printable graphic?

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