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10 Top Books to Read for The International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Today 21 March we highlight the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and Human Right’s Day in South Africa. 

This day in 1960, peaceful protests took place in Sharpeville, near Johannesburg, as people demonstrated against apartheid’s pass laws. Police opened fire on the unarmed crowd, killing 69 people and injuring 180. In 1966 after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the UN marked the 21st of March as The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. After 75 years not enough has changed. This year’s theme focuses on the urgency of combatting racism and racial discrimination. 

We were inspired by Gorm Media‘s collaboration with Black and Irish, asking how we can eliminate racism in our societies. And it starts with being anti-racist. Recognise racism exists on many levels in society – actively challenge these systems – and make real change. Watch their message below:

Let’s Eliminate Racism Together!

10 top books to read this International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  

Freedom Is A Constant Struggle – Angela Y Davis

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Kafka’s Curse – Achmat Dangor

Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde

Hungry Flames and Other Black South African Short Stories – Mzamane, Mbulelo Vizikhungo

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeona Oluo

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fools and Other Stories – Njabulo Ndebele

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Everyday Unbuntu: Living Better Together, the African Way – Mungi Ngomane

We would love to hear if you have more reading recommendations, and the actions you’re taking to combat racism in your community. When we act together we act for all. In the isiXhosa word and philosophy of Ubuntu: “I am because you are.”

Exhibitions to visit if you’re in Berlin:

If you’re in Berlin, make sure to check out the current exhibitions at the FHXB Museum near Kottbusser Tor:

Group of protesting people walking down a street in Berlin carrying a banner saying, "Haben nur Deutsche Familien das recht auf zusammen leben?"