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Civil Rights and Rosa Parks book and DVDOn Friday 27 November it was 60 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white person in Birmingham Alabama. On Friday morning there was a fascinating piece on Woman’s Hour where Jenny Murray was interview Crystal Sanders from Penn State University from and asking why we hear more about Rosa’s role than other women in the Civil Rights Movement. Sanders gave a short bio of some of the other notable women working for the National Association of Coloured People (NACP).

If you’ve got a taste to find out more about other women in the black civil rights movement then take a look at our resources:

The Secret Life of Bees Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

Freedom’s Daughters: the Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson

In Search of our Mothers’ Garden by Alice Walker

The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

Black Heroes from A to Z by Wade Hudson and Valerie Wilson Wesley

 

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PoppyThe LRC team has keenly been recording the latest programmes from the World War I season on BBC 2 over the past few weeks. These include:

The World’s War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire

which explored the recruitment and deployment of soldiers from Africa, India and Asia by the British, French and Germans on the Western Front and throughout the empire.

Our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students examine the role of women in the First World in the context of the fight for women’s right to vote. BBC 2’s broadcast of Kate Adie’s Women of World War One focused on how the suffragettes gave up their struggle for votes to work for the war effort.

Our students also look at the Raj and slave trade as part of their history programme. The opening of the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton will be a great supplement to their studies. The current exhibition is Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain running until 30 November with free entry. Plus you can explore their catalogue of resources online.

Book shelves with biographiesThis week we’ve been adding to our biographies and graphic novels. We’ve had a number of student requests to increase the choice of biographies and reflect the lives of women in other countries and cultures. As a result we ordered in a number of biographies of Chinese and black women:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots:  the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Samantha Tross: a Profile by Verna Wilkins

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler

and other biographies of musicians and singers as well as a former Member of Parliament:

Amy Winehouse – the Biography, 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

The Shaking Woman, or, a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt

Under the Ivy: the Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson

plus two graphic novels:

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Palestine by Joe Sacco

 

 


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