Black History Month Book Club

October is Black History Month and we’re launching the first RNLI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Book Club, inviting volunteers and staff to dive into the pages of a chosen read.

Collage of people holding the book 'Cuts Both Ways' by Candice Brathwaite, with Black History Month logo.

Photo: RNLI

The RNLI has four active People Networks which are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. These are the Disability Network, Race Equality Network, Harbour Network (LGBT+) and the Young Professionals Network and you can find out more about them on the Wellbeing page on Volunteer Zone.

For Black History Month this October, our Race Equality Network are launching the first RNLI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Book Club. This Book Club creates a safe space whereby RNLI volunteers and staff members can delve into the pages of a book centred around EDI themes, with the opportunity to come together, ignite conversation, share perspectives and deepen understanding.

What is the idea behind the Book Club? 

In essence, the aims of the Book Club are to:

  • raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion titles and their authors
  • create a space for meaningful discussions about equality, diversity and inclusion
  • bring people together
  • improve understanding of important topics
  • apply learnings into our own lives and our roles at the RNLI.  

Black History Month Book Club 

The chosen book by the Race Equality Network is: Cuts Both Ways by Candice Brathwaite.   

Cuts Both Ways follows Cynthia, a teenager moving with her family from London to rural Buckinghamshire for a fresh start after they experience a family tragedy. Cynthia has to adapt to a new school, new friends and the loss of independence she had in London. The book explores race, class, grief and family dynamics; centred around a love story.    

How to take part 

If you would like to join next month’s Book Club you will need to pick up a copy of the book:

In conversation with Candice Brathwaite Event 

We’re also really excited to announce that on Tuesday 1 November at 12.30pm, the author of our chosen book, Candice Brathwaite, will be joining us for a special webinar where she’ll talk all about Cuts Both Ways, discuss some of her other work outside of her books as well as speaking on the wider themes of race and equality. 

Join the online event

The event is being held via Microsoft Teams and you do not need to register before hand. Simply click on the link below to join on the day of the event.

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2022

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Click here to join the event

Event ID: 354 040 635 139
Passcode: xqgRF2

Download Teams | Join on the web

Get to know a little more about Candice... 

As well as being a best-selling author, Candice Brathwaite is a journalist, TV presenter and founder of Make Motherhood Diverse – an online initiative that aims to ensure many more people see themselves reflected online.

Candice started blogging in 2016 to tell her own story of motherhood as a Black woman and was keen to show that young Black families weren’t just surviving, but thriving. Candice appears regularly on national radio and television news channels to talk about maternal mortality rates for Black women in Britain, she has a style segment on ITV’s Lorraine and is a Contributing Editor to Grazia magazine.

There will be the opportunity to ask Candice questions during a Q&A as part of the event. If you have a question please send them in advance to [email protected]

Sharing reflections Book Club Event

The final Book Club discussion will take place on Wednesday 2 November at 12.30pm - where we invite anyone who has taken part, to come along to the session and delve into the themes of the book, ask questions and share personal reflections on any thoughts you may want to discuss.  

Join the online event

The event is being held via Microsoft Teams and you do not need to register before hand. Simply click on the link below to join on the day of the event.

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2022

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Click here to join the event

Event ID: 324 114 412 085
Passcode: 9hqcsk

Download Teams | Join on the web

Happy reading everyone! And keep an eye out for the upcoming Black History Month content we’ll be sharing throughout October!