Blak History Month: READ

Blak History Month, which takes place over the month of July, has been celebrated in Australia since 2008. It is a people’s movement that seeks to be a portal for positive action by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A month of celebration and pride for Australia’s Indigenous histories and cultures of which are part of the oldest living continuous culture in the world.  

This Blak History Month, we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favourite resources – from things to watch, read and listen, to places to shop and where you can support through donating, here and across social media.

Below you’ll find a list of some of our favourite reads but this list is by no means exhaustive! From Tony Birch’s newly released novel The White Girl to an anthology of stories from Indigenous contributors in Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, edited by Anita Heiss, work your way down from the top or start wherever you like. Read, reread and share your favourites with us on social media too – you’ll find us @theequalityinstitute We’ve also included a link to Djirra’s downloadable pdf which includes an amazing list of prominent female Aboriginal writers and bloggers.

It’s important to acknowledge that we live on stolen lands here in Australia. Sovereignty was never ceded, nor has a treaty been made. If you’d like to learn more about how to be an ally, click here, and to learn more about Blak History Month, visit the website here.  

Nakkiah Lui - Black Is The New White

Anita Heiss - Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Tony Birch - The White Girl

Bruce Pascoe - Dark Emu

- Young Dark Emu

Peter Sutton - The Politics of Suffering

Alison Whittaker - Blakwork

Please see Djirra’s downloadable pdf for a more in-depth list.