The Making of the Black Working Class. Photo: BL

A persistent, underlying current of structural racism has manifested itself in a multitude of events this year, notably when neo-nazis took to the streets in Charlottesville and when L’Oreal made the decision to fire model Munroe Bergdorf after she spoke out about white privilege.

This is the time to actively engaged, listen and participate in order to create the racially conscious, equal society that we are still far from achieving.

Reni Eddo-Lodge on Why Race Matters. Photo: BL

Throughout October, the British Library is hosting a series of talks to mark Black History Month. This will include an evening with Reni Eddo-Lodge, the black, feminist journalist and author of the acclaimed Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, takes to the stage to discuss Why Race Matters (Mon 9th).

Similarly, British novelist Ron Ramdin will be discussing his book on the centrality that black workers have always had in the British working class (Tues 10th).

This will also be followed by a week long festival of Somali music, poetry, literature, art and panel discussions about Home and Displacement (from Fri 20th).

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