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The Shoulders We Stand On

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The forgotten history of the UK’s anti-racist campaigners are finally brought to life in this comprehensive account of modern British history, told through ten moments

The United Kingdom is currently a hellscape for Black and Brown people. To be fair, things have never been great. Black and Brown people and allies alike, are asking ourselves a difficult question: what leads to real change?

Have you heard of the Indian Worker’s Association, Asian Youth Movements, the Grunwick Strike, the Brixton Black Women’s Group, the Bristol Bus Boycott or the Battle of Brick Lane? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. This is history that has been deliberately kept from us. It’s time to reclaim these vital moments and find out how we can learn from our own collective past.

A respected researcher and historian, Preeti Dhillon tells the stories of ten remarkable movements, campaigns and organisations led by Black and Brown people in from the sixties to the eighties that fought against racism and capitalism and impacted the way we live now.

The Shoulders We Stand On is a book of hope. Hope that together we can make a difference, that together we are powerful, and that we don’t have to tackle this alone. There is a long and deep history of activism by Black and Brown people. Their stories can inspire all of us to make a difference just as they did.

We’re not alone, we’ve been here before and this is the book we all need now.

Filled with inspiring stories Preeti Dhillon uncovers crucial moments from our history. If you loved Natives, Brit(ish), Small Axe or Pride, don’t miss The Shoulders We Stand On.

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This is one of the most important books I've ever read. It is a powerful reminder of Britain's pervasive race problems, but more importantly, of the indefatigable courage of this country's Black and Asian communities. Preeti Dhillon's storytelling is equal parts witty, heart-breaking and inspiring; she's damn right for arguing that this history matters and should never, ever, be forgotten.
Dr Priya Atwal, author of Royals and Rebels
The details provided in each of the case studies leave the reader with a renewed sense of gratitude for all those communities who endured and rose to fight for Black and Brown people's rights in post-war Britain. Their fight for equal rights established the groundwork for a more equal future that I benefitted from, and it is a struggle that many continue to face today.
Rav Singh, Founder of A little History of the Sikhs
This book is such a vital contribution to our culture, of unearthing hidden voices and histories. I am so grateful this book exists in the world . . . Dhillon's book affirms, values and interrogates our shared histories in the UK, sadly until now much overlooked . . . This is beautiful storytelling, Dhillon shines a light into our recent histories - this book is alert with ideas as well as facts.
Mona Arshi, author of Somebody Loves You
The book is basically a compendium of gold nuggets for anyone interested in the fight for racial equality in Britain.
Tony Warner, founder and author of Black History Walks
This book is an eye opener of many histories that have been overlooked and a much needed book to understand the struggles our communities have fought for. I loved every page and will be ensuring that it on my reading lists for communities and educational groups I work with.
Kiran Sahota, Believe in Me CIC
An unapologetic, original voice which keeps you turning the page, Dhillon uncovers underexplored corners of the UK's past to understand the present and make a rallying cry for a better tomorrow.
Lucy Fulford, author of The Exiled
A timely reminder that we had our very own Civil rights struggle right here, in Britain - a prolonged and sometimes bloody campaign that paved the way for many of the gains young people nowadays may take for granted, and part of a long history of anti-racist activism that continues to this day.
Stella Dadzie