Listed below is some recommended further reading on race and racism. If you are passionate about being actively antiracist, we suggest you dive in to this reading list.
Back in the Frame: How to get back on your bike, whatever life throws at you by Jools Walker
A touching memoir about a love of cycling, wellbeing and diversity in cycling.
Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame by Conrad Kerber and Terry Kerber
“Major Taylor’s racial scars, like the sins of our nation’s past, could never be removed. His entire life story, deftly recited in all its drama by the authors is the stuff of legends” from the Foreword by Greg LeMond.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The bible. This global best seller is a challenging read that will make you think.
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
Accompanying the four part BBC television series of the same name (now available on the iPlayer), this outstanding book draws on the latest available research detailing a comprehensive account of Black British history, combined with a personal account of the lived experience of the author.
Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, by Peter Fryer
The opening sentence reads: “There were Africans in Britain before the English came here.” As Gary Younge noted in 2018 “ Fryer shows us that black British history is not a subgenre of British history but an integral part of it”. An essential read.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness, by Michelle Alexander
First published in 2010, in the wake of President Obama’s historic election, this book remains a wake up call, shining a light on crisis of mass incarceration in the USA, later highlighted in the Netflix documentary 13TH.
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, by Afua Hirsch
A beautifully written personal account describing her life a mixed race women in Britain, who often does not feel entirely British.
Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, by Akala
A personal memoir that connects the author’s lived experience and the experiences of his contemporaries with the broader structural and societal issues of racism.
Diversify By June Sarpong
A common sense approach to understanding diversity and inclusion issues that helps put good ideas into practice.
There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack by Paul Gilroy
It caused an immediate sensation when first published in 1987, over thirty years later it remains a must read classic, its core arguments still relevant today.