Black History Month Matters

By Aaina Chopra. Whilst every day should be dedicated to fighting racial injustice and inequity in this world. There are key times of the year that brings focus, learning and sharing about Black History that can be celebrated. The month of February (USA) and October (UK) are considered an extra special time to read, understand and appreciate more about Black History and how it is inherently embedded in society today; and where we still see the very real need for radical changes of mindsets, systems and behaviours. Here are Positive Bunch’s five recommendations for you to watch or read this Black History Month: 1. “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Race, Gender and the Origins of the L.A. Riots” by Brenda Stevenson. This book effectively explores the concept of intersectionality by exploring the different roles that race, class and social status have. The 199s L.A. Riots are a pivotal moment in American history, making this a must-read book this Black History Month. https://bookshop.org/books/the-contested-murder-of-latasha-harlins-justice-gender-and-the-origins-of-the-la-riots/9780190231019 2. “Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter” by Shani King. Aimed at educating children, this book is equally important for adults, to celebrate Black accomplishments throughout history. This includes accomplishments in art, politics, literature and medicine. The book is a perfect read for any young person, but an equally good read for any adults who want to know more about the exemplary achievements of Black people throughout history. https://www.amazon.com/Have-Ever-Black-Lives-Matter/dp/0884488896 3. “13th” on Netflix. This documentary explores race, justice and mass incarceration by looking at how the American prison system disproportionately affects African Americans. Touching on important historical moments, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the documentary focuses on the nation’s history of deep racial inequality. https://www.netflix.com/ae-en/title/80091741 4. “Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights” by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due. This award-wining book is a powerful memoir of Patricia Stephens Due’s own experience as a civil rights activist, exploring her commitment to the cause and her hope for the future. An amazing read! https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/43433/freedom-in-the-family-by-tananarive-due-and-patricia-stephens-due/ 5. “When They See Us” on Netflix. This series is based on the real-life story of the Central Park Five, as group of Black and Latinx teenagers who were convicted wrongly of rape and assault in the 1990s. The series explores the disadvantage that people of colour have experienced in the very flawed American justice system. https://www.netflix.com/ae-en/title/80200549 Learn, share & celebrate!

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