Pop-up library of ‘Black Human History Books’ to bring stories to life at Leeds Kirkgate Market event


Seated behind giant book frames, speakers will share their lived experiences of inequality, unconscious bias, racial injustice, mental health and life in Leeds.

The event, Never Judge a Book by its Color, will take place on October 30.

There will be arts and crafts, as well as an array of African and Caribbean cuisines, light entertainment and a pop-up black history exhibit

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Dionne Edwards, founder of Nubian Niore

It was organized by Nubian Noire, a non-profit organization that supports BAME businesses and entrepreneurs.

Its founder, Dionne Edwards, hopes the event will encourage powerful conversations, challenging prejudice and unconscious bias when people interact with human books.

Running at the end of Black History Month, Dionne said it was vital that black history be celebrated beyond just 30 days.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ‘I chose the theme ‘never judge a book by its colour’ because we tend to have a halo above our heads, judging others.

“We wanted to encourage these people to come and tell their stories – it’s so important that it comes straight from the author’s mouth.

“Black history must be embraced in its entirety if we are to affect change. Black accomplishments must be fully recognized, celebrated and showcased every day.”

You can join the celebration on Saturday, October 30 at the Kirkgate Market event space from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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