Black & Irish

Legends, Trailblazers & Everyday Heroes

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Pub Date Apr 30 2024 | Archive Date Feb 14 2024

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A landmark publication in Irish history; this is a celebration of Black Irish identity. Published in collaboration with the organisation of the same name, Black & Irish, who were founded in June 2020 coinciding with the Black Lives Matter movement. Actors. Athletes. Activists. Style icons. Scientists. Influencers. Entrepreneurs. Black Irish people are blazing trails in every sphere of modern life. In the first ever book about Black Irish people, we take a look at the inspirational careers, dreams and achievements of legends, trailblazers and everyday heroes, including actor Ruth Negga, soccer player Gavin Bazunu, reality tv star Dami Hope, author Emma Dabiri, record-breaking sprinter Rhasidat Adeleke and musician Phil Lynott. Within these pages, you will find both famous and unsung Black Irish people. Black and Mixed-Race people have lived in Ireland for hundreds of years, but even now the concept of being Black and Irish is still being discovered and discussed. We hope the stories of the legends, trailblazers and everyday heroes in this book will inspire young Black Irish people, and provide insight into the Black Irish experience to people from all walks of life. With stunning colour illustrations by Jessica Louis.

A landmark publication in Irish history; this is a celebration of Black Irish identity. Published in collaboration with the organisation of the same name, Black & Irish, who were founded in June...

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Whether you were born or emigrated, have family roots, or feel welcomed/connected there, Ireland will always be home!

As a Belfast Girl, I ate this up. I loved learning more about my country & the people who make it up. The stories shared by Black and mixed Irish folks were genuinely inspiring and eye-opening and gave me a glimpse into moments from history (the industrial schools) that I didn't know about before.

The celebration of those mentioned; their careers, their legacies, their hopes for the future & what being Irish means to them as it encompasses their identity was great!
This is perfect for young readers 12+ and teens as it highlights many different areas: activism, hair care, science, influencing, education, media and sports. Plus, the tiny colourful information /index areas are beneficial so you can stay connected to the text without having to google words that may be unknown.

Thank you so much for allowing me to read this book!

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I really enjoyed reading the life stories of those featured. The profiles reflect a changing Ireland and that the Black & Irish community have positively contributed to the sporting, artistic and cultural fabric of Irish life. The challenges facing any minority are evident and the aspiration of being part of, is well described. I was disappointed that the diversity that must exist among the Black & Irish was not more represented and that the majority of those featured shared the same ethnic background. As a result, I feel the richness of the multicultural fabric of Black & Irish could have given greater voice to more diverse ethnic origins.

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I didn't love this one but I also didn't hate this one. However I'm not sure how I feel about this one.

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