As part of Black History Month, the Edinburgh University African Caribbean Society presented a collection of 45 books to boost the presence of black literature in the University library. The books represent both modern and classic literature and across fiction and non-fiction. The projects goals are to provide Edinburgh University students of all backgrounds with a greater opportunity to engage in cultural studies and give access to text not only required for courses such as ‘African studies’, but also providing the tools for students to branch from traditional literature. This initiative was funded by EUSA Global fund.
The books were formally donated to the Library at a launch of the Edinburgh Black Literature Library. Rowena Arshad, Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Education (CERES) based at the School of Education and Convenor of the University Race Equality Action Group welcomed the initiative and stressed the importance of giving place and voice to black writers. The collection was received by Shenxiao Tong, the librarian for cultural and African studies at Edinburgh University’s main library. In support of cultural diversity at the University, this summer Edinburgh University purchased the entire African writer series of 200 books which will also be available from this semester.
L-R: Shenxiao Tong, University Librarian; Johanna Holtan, Internationalisation Officer, EUSA; Chinwendu Abani, African and Caribbean Society; Rowena Arshad, Convenor, University Race Equality Action Group; David Mark, Convenor, EUSA Minority Ethnic Action Group