Over the last few months, the GSA People of Colour Society has been suggesting books for purchase in order to help diversify the library collections. Students from the POC Society complemented the new books with selections from our existing collection to form a rolling display on Level 1 of the library. The display has been running since April and new books are added as others are borrowed.
Alongside the display is a document describing the Society’s aim, which is to “promote the work of artists, writers, poets and theorists of colour, many of whom continue to be marginalised in their respective fields”.
Works selected for display include writers such as Afua Hirsch, bell hooks, Maya Angelou, David Olusoga and Reni Eddo-Lodge. Exhibition catalogues feature the work of Yinka Shonibare, Lorna Simpson and Lubaina Himid amongst others. There are also notes for suggested further readings.
Earlier in the year, the POC Society also contributed to the Race and Rights subject guide which highlights a list of popular classmarks for finding books on the shelves, as well as online journals and other useful resources for starting your research.