The NGHS Staff Reading List on Racial Equality.
Just because the horror of the George Floyd incident is not so prevalent on our TV screens any more doesn’t mean that the issues at the heart of it have gone away. The fight for racial equality goes on, and as a school it is our duty to educate not only our girls but ourselves about race, diversity and culture and how this forms our history and understanding of it.
Staff at NGHS are serious about making a difference to girls’ lives and it’s vital that important issues such as this do not fall by the wayside. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make sure that diversity, equality and inclusion feature in our curriculum, our policies, our lives. Girls look to their teachers as role models as well as educators, so their advice and recommendations are always well received.
Having made a conscious commitment to act and do more, our staff were recently asked to recommend any resources they thought would be helpful. This list is by no means exhaustive, it’s just a selection of what was contributed, but shows an array of books, TV films and other media productions which tackle these issues and could serve to complement our academic teaching and learning.
Books: Fiction and Non Fiction
- Invisibilia – about race being a social construct.
- Hidden Figures – film 2016
- Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Anti racism experiment Oprah Winfrey and Jane Elliott
- Just Mercy – film 2020
- 13TH – documentary 2016
- When They See Us – TV series 2019
- Who Killed Malcolm X? – documentary 2020
- Fourteen Days in May – documentary 1987
- Windrush – BBC four part documentary available on Planet Estream thanks to Mr Mcfarlane – first of four parts:
- 1/4. Arrival: Part of the Windrush 60th Anniversary season. The story of the first West Indians to arrive in Britain on the troop ship Empire Windrush.
- 2/4 Intolerance: Part of the Windrush 60th Anniversary season. This episode begins with the 1958 Notting Hill riots and talks about the Caribbean influence on the music industry.
- 3/4. A New Generation: Part of the Windrush 60th Anniversary season.This programme focuses on the education of black children and looks at the tragedy of the New Cross house fire in 1981.
- 4/4. A British Story: Part of the Windrush 60th Anniversary season. The last in the series looks at how the black community has helped to shape Britain.
- Michael Johnson on 5 Live.
- Sitting in Limbo – film 2020 on BBCiplayer
- Ted Talks – Clint Smith and Luvvie Ajayi
- The School That Tried to End Racism – Channel 4 documentary 2020
Links to other resources
- List of kid friendly movies to help build a conversation about race and racism.
- Advice for being an ally
- A Good Read
- The black British history you may not know about
- ‘The High Low’ podcast on anti racism
- Stand Up education
- Kids of colour
- Ted Talks to help you understand racism in America
Learning never stops, and our staff are always on the lookout for resources that they themselves find educational. In turn, they share their knowledge with one another and with the NGHS community. There are so many ways to get the message across and we do hope that you find some of these useful and enjoyable.