Black British Lives Matter

Marcus Ryder

This is more than a book – it’s an incitement to change people’s perceptions, with a wider reach in the updated paperback edition.

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‘A book all should read, particularly white people.’ Irish Times

‘A powerful – and varied – portrait of the Black British experience.’ Guardian

BLACK BRITISH LIVES MATTER is a clarion call for equality, from nineteen of the most prominent Black figures in Britain today.

Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder introduce an essential collection of essays arguing how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people, but for British society as a whole. Writing across a wide range of subjects, and drawing on personal experience, all nineteen writers explore the unique contributions, perspectives and importance of Black Britons to the UK and beyond. It is both a celebration of Black British lives and an urgent, agenda-setting manifesto for change.

Contributors include David Olusoga, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Kit de Waal, Dr Anne-Marie-Imafidon, Sir David Adjaye, Leroy Logan and Professor Kehinde Andrews.

Critic Reviews

An eye opening, compelling and moving panoply of the Black British experience. The British experience. Our experience.

Sanjeev Bhaskar
Critic Reviews

Excellent . . . We need white people to read this book, buy this book, share this book, with other white people in particular.

Jeffrey Boakye
Critic Reviews

This worthwhile book shows that the idea that black people can thrive in Britain is fundamental to
the country’s future. In area after area, field after field, there can be no going back to the days when
we were a problem to be solved.

Paul Gilroy
Critic Reviews

This informative collection of essays and interviews reaffirms what we already knew: that the struggle for racial equality and social justice is constant; that it needs to be waged with a greater intensity and urgency than ever; that there is a need to educate a new generation of activists.

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Marcus Ryder has over twenty-five years’ experience working in television and journalism and is a leader on the issue of diversity in the media. He was previously the Chair of the Royal Television Society’s Diversity Committee and was the head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs for nearly a decade. He is the recipient of a number of awards for his…

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