Books of African Descent Interest
Black Heritage Today have picked some of the best fiction and non-fiction books from Britain and overseas.
To describe it as a historical edifice might be an overstatement in modern literary terms, but Journal Of A Slave And His Descendants is a refreshing and compelling novel that neatly traces the `Middle Passage’ Slave Trade through the eyes of ancestral root-characters including Africans and Europeans. By interweaving health, social, cultural, moral and religious ethics among [...]Read more
On 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered while he was waiting for the bus. He was eighteen years old. He didn’t know his killers; his killers didn’t know him. Stephen Lawrence was a bright, athletic, young man with high hopes for the future. He lived in south-eastLondon with his parents, younger brother and [...]Read more
The African continent is home to almost a billion people. It has an amazingly diverse collection of communities and cultures and yet we know very little about its history. In his captivating book The Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Gus Casely-Hayford, a Curator and cultural historian, seeks to remedy this fact by exploring the pre-colonial past [...]Read more
He was a master of reinvention who had as many names as he did identities from Malcolm Little, to Malik Shabazz and, most famously, Malcolm X. He was a country bumpkin who became a zoot-suited entertainer who became a petty criminal who became a self-taught intellectual. In his revealing and prodigiously researched new biography, ‘Malcolm [...]Read more
Long before he became a cultural icon, Harry Belafonte who grew up in poverty, in Harlem and Jamaica, learned to fight injustice wherever he saw it – a principle which has driven him ever since. He fought in the navy during World War II then enrolled in drama school. His meteoric rise led to him [...]Read more
This fascinating book takes us into the world of one ofAmerica’s most relevant and divisive voices: Gil Scott-Heron. Whether via his spoken word, poetry or music/lyrics such as ‘Free Will’ and ‘Winter inAmerica’, he raised the awareness of how racial inequality cast a massive shadow over the American liberal landscape. The Last Holiday: A Memoir [...]Read more