BOOK REVIEW

Title: African and Caribbean People in Britain

Author Hakim Adi

Publisher: Allen Lane – an imprint of Penguin Books

First Edition: UK 2022

ISBN: 978-0-241-58382-1

Price: UK £30.00

In view of denial and bias to deal with the poisonous subject of race and colour, and reluctant review this book. “Until the colour of a skin is of no more significance, than the colour of eyes, there will be wars, rumours of war.” Being an excellent read, categorisation of a people, social organisation and engineering, in European worlds with foundation cemented and fixed in the foundation of race, class, values, gender, sexuality, etc, etc.

Much more than everything else, for the people directly concerned about education in a civil society. Including the Department for Education and Science, the contents of this book should be included in the curriculum of history and sociology in the British Isles. And should also in be in every library, be adopted for all age groups and levels of learners in the Education system and beyond. 

This only an opinion of an avid reader, futuristic idealist, global citizen, who believe that eugenics, the pseudo-science of superiority by race is discredited and dead, irrelevant for contemporary cosmopolitan societies. Nevertheless, it is still an active categorization of citizens, and an important identity embraced by many people of African/Caribbean descendant. Indians and Somalians once Black are no longer, fluid, they are now Asians in the minorities chart in the UK. 

However, do not take my praises of this book as facts, check it out, read it for yourself and decide. Here are some feedback and opinions of people in the field who have given their written responses:

The secret of England’s Greatness – Thomas Jones Baker.

“They came with Empire Windrush” – well no, they didn’t: Africans have lived here for the past two thousand years. Hakim Adi summarises this history, their accomplishments, their struggles and the issues they now confront. A superb introduction to this long, often hidden, history. Black Lives do Matter. Marika Sherwood.  

‘From the Roman era to today, Hakim Adi has produced the most comprehensive history of African and Caribbean people since Peter Fryer’s Staying Power. His telling of British history characterises the diverse, multicentred chronology of African and Caribbean Landmarks, Crises, Progress, organisations, communities and, most importantly, individual experiences in Britain.  History Matters.

‘The most comprehensive and accessible guidebook on what has come to be known as “Black British history.” Suited for all readers, it provides a useful insight into how this history has developed, and the struggles to push for its expansion. It also inspires us to consider how we might contribute to the ever-growing understanding of this historical field.’ Young Historians Project.

The Book Reviewer.