Reading and Watch List

Books

So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma Oluo

Discusses topics such as white privilege and police brutality as well as how to go about having conversations about discrimination and racism.

 

Black Feminist ThoughtPatricia Hill Collins

Explores the work and literature of black female individuals and their experiences facing sexism and racial discrimination.

 

The Bluest EyeToni Morrison

A novel about a young African American girl growing up in the 1940s after the Great Depression and the negative impact of racism on an individual’s self-esteem and worth.

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya Angelou

An autobiography that illustrates the hardships Angelou faced particularly regarding her race, gender and sexuality.

 

How To Be An AntiracistDr. Ibram X. Kendi

Identifies some of the underlying forms of racism and what we can do to oppose them on an individual level and as a community.

 

The New Jim CrowMichelle Alexander

Discusses the mass incarceration of black men as well as other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

 


Films/series

*Recommended for viewers under 13 with parental guidance
*Recommended for viewers over 13

American Son

The film begins with an interracial couple’s teenage son going missing. It then explores ideas about race, and the parent’s fear regarding the discrimination their son may face.

13th

The movie highlights the racial inequality in the prison system of the United States through mass incarceration.

 

When They See Us

Based on the case of the Central Park Jogger where 5 men of colour were falsely accused and prosecuted with the assault of a woman in Central Park.

 

Just Mercy

In effort to help those wrongly condemned and who cannot afford representation, a Harvard law graduate, Bryan Stevenson, fights to prove the innocence of Walter McMillian

The Hate U Give

The main character is Starr Carter, a teenage girl who lives in a black neighbourhood and attends a largely white prep school. The film explores the conflicts she witnesses and faces as she advocates for black rights.

Blindspotting

The film is about how a man copes after witnessing police brutality and his relationship with his ill-tempered, reckless white best friend.

 

Selma

The movie is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s effort to secure voting rights for all. It depicts the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

 


UK Petitions

Teach Britain’s colonial past as part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324092

Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K. – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/301079

There are hundreds more petitions on https://www.change.org/ campaigning to reopen cases and raise awareness for other hate crimes or unjust treatment but keep in mind that these are less likely to be considered by the UK Government.


Click here to download this list as a pdf

Charity Update during lockdown

Dear all,
My name is Srihitha N and I am this year’s Student Leader for Charity. The final summer half-term is usually packed with charity events but that will be a bit different this year. This post will inform you of some of the actions that you can take to continue supporting charities and organisations from home.

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has been fundraising and helping NHS and key worker charities in lockdown. Whether you’ve run 5k, taken part in online events or spread awareness through social media, you’ve played a part in supporting the nation in a challenging time.

Yemen Humanitarian Crisis

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of normal life and for those living in countries under conflict, the pandemic has had devastating effects. 24 million people including over 12 million children living Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. Limited supply of clean water, masks and gloves make regular hand washing almost impossible and sanitation difficult to enforce. There are still outbreaks of cholera during this pandemic making their population even more vulnerable. UNICEF are working in Yemen to fund emergency sanitation and hygiene operations which involve running clean water systems and distributing hygiene kits containing necessities such as soap for handwashing, which is essential in preventing COVID-19 and cholera. Without sufficient funds UNICEF will not be able to continue this life-saving work. There is more information on the UNICEF website about why donations are so crucial for the people of Yemen in this link. https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/geneva-palais-briefing-note-humanitarian-situation-children-yemen https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/

Black Lives Matter

I know that many of you have actively been involved in raising awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement online. People are keeping themselves informed and difficult but necessary discussions are taking place thanks to you. It is critical that this organisation as well as other anti-racism charities such as Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust continue to receive support as they work to protect the rights of black and minority ethnic communities and campaign for justice and equality.

Donations can be made at these websites. 

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/support-us/donate/

For those of you unable to donate, keeping yourselves educated through books and documentary films/series are the best ways to keep combatting racism from home. I have attached a document containing a few book and film recommendations.

There are also petitions that you can sign on https://petition.parliament.uk/ that I will include in the document.

JustGiving

JustGiving is a fundraising platform that you can use if you would like to fundraise for a cause you’re passionate about from home. Duha H (Y12) and her brother have already raised an incredible amount of over £600 for Yemen Emergency Aid through a sponsored run. I hope that this will inspire you to start your own fundraising pages from home and we’d love to hear about them. You can support their fundraiser through this link. https://justgiving.com/fundraising/mohamedandduha4yemen

I would like to thank you all again for taking such an active role in spreading awareness virtually and standing strong behind those who need it.

Srihitha N,
(Student Leader for Charity)