***Shortlisted for the 2020 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding***
This is a book by Hazel Carby, who was born in the UK but went on to become a professor at one of the top universities in the US, Yale. This is a very personal book by a serious historian, using her family history to explore Black British history, its relation to the Empire and in turn understand some of the contradictions and tensions within her own family. One take-home of the book: the shocking way people like Carby’s father—who came from Jamaica to fight in World War II—were treated by the British government after the war was over.
Books for Black History Month