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Black History Month 2020

Posted on 30 Sep 2020

Black History Month is an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. It is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the diversity of our communities across Devon and Torbay.

We will be promoting books and resources and we will be highlighting projects that we are developing with partner organisations in Devon and Torbay. Plus we will be promoting other organisations from across the region and their work. We very much welcome our communities getting in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

Our Black History Month Offer

Our libraries are open, but unfortunately in-person Black History Month events are not possible right now due to current guidelines.  We do have an exciting offer planned for the month.

Libraries Unlimited is working with North Devon Sunrise to make a resource library available to be borrowed from direct from North Devon Sunrise or libraries, including activity packs that can go out to schools. North Devon Sunrise are a grassroots community organisation based in a remote rural area. They provide activities, services and events for people living across Northern Devon, including those of diverse identities such as minority ethnic groups, disabled people, and the LGBT+ community. To find out more contact Jasmine Weyer-Brown. (email

Black British History Video and Mini-Book Project

We are collecting 1-minute videos about Black British history to be released later this year. Each will highlight an event, person, or part of local and black British history, either by talking about it or showcasing some art or literature inspired by it. We hope this will get people involved in learning about and celebrating these stories, and inspiring people to want to know more.

If you would like to contribute a 1-minute video contact Jasmine Weyer-Brown. (email

To accompany the 1-minute videos we are producing mini-books on Black British history. We are asking children (and adults) to create drawings for them and the mini-books will be available in libraries at a later date.

The hope is that these mini-books can travel around the libraries during the year, either as a display or hidden trail, to extend our learning about Black history.

If you, your organisation or school would like to get involved with this project please contact Jasmine Weyer-Brown. (email We’d love to hear from you.

Black British History – Library Catalogue and Unlimited Titles available

BorrowBox Unlimited Titles – Borrow Now, No Queues

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.  Listen Now >> 



Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

“I couldn’t have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn’t want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn’t then, and we don’t now.”  Listen Now >> 

Black History Month Collection

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Voices For Change

A collection to promote better understanding, support and celebrate diversity and equality. Explore books related to Black History, Racism and Civil Rights including books written by people of colour (POC) and diverse authors.  Browse now >> 




Diverse Reads for Kids and Teens

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If you, your organisation or school would like to get in touch please contact Jasmine Weyer-Brown. (email We’d love to hear from you.

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