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.
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.
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.
The book is basically a compendium of gold nuggets for anyone interested in the fight for racial equality in Britain.
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.
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.
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.