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Libraries celebrate writers in Black History Month

Book lovers in Swansea are being urged to check out some of the best and latest books by black authors as the council's library service celebrates Black History Month.

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People visiting the libraries this month have been directed to new releases and books they might have missed and Black History has been a feature across all the service's social media platforms.

Online book reviews this month have included "Black and British" by David Olusoga which has been reedited for children and young adults and suggestions for other titles such as "Black Tudors" by Miranda Kauffman and "Natives" by Akala.

Although the libraries are closing temporarily during the firebreak lockdown users can make use of the download services and the featured e-book and e-audio titles for October are "Why I'm no longer talking to white people about Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker and "Gingerbread" by Helen Oyeyemi.

Meanwhile the Council's West Glamorgan Archive Service is working with its counterpart in Cardiff on a project to prepare teaching resources for Key Stage 3 and above rebalancing the history curriculum with fresh perspectives from local records on South Wales' part in the historic slave trade and the campaign for its abolition.

The Come Together Cast, which is part of the Fusion programme that's co-funded by Swansea Council and the Welsh Government and overseen by the council and Swansea Music Hub has been celebrating Black History Month in a series of podcasts aimed at highlight innovative work across Swansea, sharing ideas for maintaining wellbeing and entertaining residents.

This month the council has also announced a blue plaque will be erected in the city centre in hour of Swansea woman Jessie Donaldson who travelled to America 170 years ago where she bravely fought slavery.

Cllr Louise Gibbard, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Supporting Communities said: "Swansea is home to more than 100 languages and the council is proud of the city's cultural heritage because it has made us who we are today.  

"Black History Month serves as an important reminder that Black history is all our history, especially this year in the light of local and international Black Lives Matters movements.

"It is about telling the stories we might not normally hear, from which we can draw inspiration and learn important lessons.

"It is so a great opportunity to showcase some of our year-round programme of activities and events which reflect the diversity of our communities."

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