October is Black History Month, when 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, discussing Christianity and the Black Power movement and a look at imperialism and colonialism in both the World Wars and South Africa.

Heroes Faith Colonial Ties

Ties that Bind
Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa
Edited by Shannon Walsh & Jon Soske
Sep 2016 288pp, 10 images
9781868149681 Paperback

An intriguing and long overdue book about race and friendship. It marks a time worldwide when virtual friendships are fast becoming the norm. And yet, after reading the chapters, one is left with a clearer sense of what it takes - or might take in the future - to actually be friends across race."
- Sarah Nuttall, author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Post-apartheid

While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance.
Wits University Press

Faith in Black Power
Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois
Kerry Pimblott
Jan 2017 324pp, 15 black & white images
9781868149681 Paperback
Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century
In this reassessment of the impact of religion on the black power movement, Kerry Pimblott presents a nuanced challenge to the conventional narratives of the de-Christianisation of the movement, revealing that Cairoites embraced both old-time religion and revolutionary thought.
The University Press of Kentucky 

Unsung Heroes and Heroines of the South African Liberation Struggle
Gregory Houston et al
Nov 2016 308pp
9780796925572 Paperback
A compilation of 26 profiles of a diverse selection of activists and leaders in the South African liberation struggle, framed between an introduction, a brief chronological account of the liberation struggle between 1950 and 1994, and a conclusive analysis of the autobiographical accounts as well as their legacy.
HSRC Press

African Colonial Prisoners of the Germans
A Pictorial History of Captive Soldiers in the World Wars
Paul Garson
Jun 2016 216pp, 264 photos
9781476665450 Paperback
Featuring a collection of never before published photos taken by German soldiers, this book records the fate of many French Colonial African soldiers during World War I and World War II. The author presents the images in the historical context of imperialism and colonialism.