Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race woman brought up in English aristocracy and her family’s involvement in legally ending slavery in the UK.
Equiano details his 18th century life in the Igbo province of Africa, followed by capture and later freedom.
The general led a successful slave revolt to free the people of Haiti.
Fascinating biography of the high ranking French general during the Napoleonic era and father of author Alexandre Dumas.
The nursing pioneer during the Crimean War accounts her life and struggles in the 19th century.
An impressive follow-up to the excellent series Roots, covering black American life from the Reconstruction era, through two world wars and up to the 1960s.
Aimed at children, this book covers World War One hero and the first professional black football player.
An autobiographical account of Achebe’s experiences during the Nigerian Civil War, from the author of Things Fall Apart.
Set in 1960s Nigeria, partially covering the Nigerian Civil War, this novels combines historical events with the perspectives of several characters.
Biopic film based on Mandela’s life, starring Idris Elba as the anti-apartheid activist.
A reflection on the culture and discrimination around being black in the USA, addressed as a letter to the author’s teenage son.