October is Black History Month, where we celebrate and acknowledge black culture, art and history throughout the world. The theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on tackling conscious and unconscious bias, showing the damaging effects bias can have on communities. Below are a collection of titles exploring different aspects of black history, including an in depth look at Apartheid, the Black LGBTQ community and the revolutionary effects of Jazz music.

Apartheid Fashioning Jazz

Fashioning Lives
Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy
Eric Darnell Pritchard
Dec 2016 320pp
9780809335541 Paperback

“Pritchard shows that the stakes of literacy touch on the matter of how we read alongside and against discourses of race, gender, class, and sexuality. This is a needed book.”
- Roderick A. Ferguson, author, The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference

Examines the literacy practices of Black LGBTQ people, developing - from sixty in-depth interviews conducted with individuals of various ages living across the United States - an analytical theory of "black queer literacies".
Southern Illinois University Press

The Rhetorical Origins of Apartheid
How the Debates of the Natives Representative Council, 1937-1950, Shaped South African Racial Policy
Mia Roth
Sep 2016 220pp
9780786499823 Paperback
All but forgotten are the African leaders who spoke against the apartheid system of white rule in its infancy. The founders of the ANC were members of the Natives Representative Council, a legislative adjunct of South African Parliament. The speeches of the NRC are published here for the first time, along with discussion of the Council's elections, its members and the white government who used the NRC's rhetoric to its own ends.

Free Jazz/Black Power
Philippe Carles & Jean-Louis Comolli
Feb 2016 256pp
American Made Music Series
9781496807793 Paperback
9781628460391 Hardback
In 1971, French jazz critics Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli co-wrote Free Jazz/Black Power, a treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism. The authors reached radical conclusions - free jazz was a revolutionary reaction against white domination, was the musical counterpart to the Black Power movement, and was a music that demanded a similar political commitment.
University Press of Mississippi