Celebrating Black History Month this October

Here’s just a selection of the rich resources to support Black History Month. Explore our full range via our website: https://www.bsuh.nhs.uk/library/ 

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here: http://openathens.nice.org.uk/ 


Majors R: The international handbook of black community mental health






Diangelo R: White fragility: why it’s hard for white people to talk about racism






Eddo-Lodge R: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race






Seacole M: Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands






Skloot R: The immortal life of Henriette Lacks






Robinson J: Mary Seacole: the charismatic black nurse who became a heroine of the Crimea






Anionwu E N: A short history of Mary Seacole






Evidence searches carried out on Black History

We provide evidence to inform patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches we’ve provided include:

  • BAME contributions to British culture and society
  • BAME contributions in the NHS medical and nursing professions
  • BAME contributions to War efforts
  • Impact of the Stress of Racism
  • Serious mental illness, black and minority ethnic patients, and access to psychological therapies
  • Different ethnic groups accessing public spaces during COVID-19 pandemic
  • The effects of COVID-19 on mortality and morbidity in BAME groups

Web and other resources

Ballet Black – Neo-classical ballet company that celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent.

Black Ballad – UK based platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women. 

Brap – This charity supports organisations and communities to transform the way that they think and do equality. They provide training, online learning and organisational development services. Brap has also established a learning network for people who are involved in EDI work, the Equality Republic.

Colonial Countryside – This project assembles authors, writers, historians and primary pupils to explore country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. There are opportunities for children, schools, parents, and volunteers to get involved.

Fearless Futures – This organisation provides tailored training to help build individual and organisational understanding of inequality and power relations.

Gal-Dem – Award-winning online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour

Hexitime – Skill exchange and timebank for improving the quality of health and care services across the UK. Sign up and join the campaign to create a Community of Opportunity to support BAME colleagues in the workplace by offering mentoring, support and interview coaching.

Melanin Medics – This non-profit is focused on supporting African and Caribbean aspiring medics, medical students and doctors in the UK. It aims to implement positive solutions to help overcome under-representation and economic barriers in medicine.

The Other Box – Award-winning diversity and inclusion company educating businesses on bias and educating and empowering people to work and live more inclusively.

The Runnymede Trust – The UK’s leading independent race equality thinktank.

We know there are more resources out there so please contact us with your recommendations on books for our collection.