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Starting 1st November 2020

Read, Learn, Take Action, Repeat

We are reading more, so why not do it together. Introducing Allyship BookClub, launching on the 1st of November. My aim is to shine a light on unrepresented voices and lesser known authors and on books that will help the Allyship community learn and grow.

There are two powerful and mind changing books to choose from this month:

1.The Purpose of Power - How to Build Movements for the 21st Century by Alicia Garza - Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter


2.Subtle Acts of Exclusion - How to Understand, Identify and Stop Microaggressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran

And if you like reading more than one book at a time. The Fiction books recommended are:

My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Love in Colour - Bolu Babalola

Most of us will get through 2 books a month, but the aim is to read the recommended book(s) and check in and share our progress, thoughts, opinions and questions remotely once a month. You will be encouraged to take time away from the digital world one to two evenings a week.

I will put a Poll on LinkedIn and the book chosen for November by you will be announced on the 1st of November 2020.

Am ready, are you?

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We are traumatised. What are you doing about it?

The Black and Brown citizens of the UK, US and around the world have been traumatised for centuries and 2020 has been hard for us. Continued racial inequalities and injustices, murders of Black men and women, The Covid 19 pandemic and its rates of infection and fatality has exposed the consequences of mortality and economic disparities and the racism we face in our communities and work places has left us drained and asking WHY?

It is hence not surprising that many Black and Brown people are experiencing anxiety and anger. We feel tired, exhausted and traumatised. What we see today in society and the workplace is not ok. My emotions have led me to mobilise and take action. This is not the case for others. If our emotions are left unchecked, it can lead us to neglect ourselves which is not good.

The way chronic stress and trauma is affecting Black and Brown employees in the workplace is not being addressed and discrimination at work only makes it worse. Depression is very high with fear of future experiences with racism and bias being linked to depression and anxiety.

HR and Line Managers play an important role in eliminating racism in the workplace and supporting Black and Brown Employees. HR, how will you make changes in the workplace that could shape the future of inclusion and representation?

Firstly, you cannot be silent. As protectors of your business you must create environments where diversity and inclusion are nurtured and encouraged. Your Black and Brown employees must feel safe and have a sense of belonging. We know that more diverse companies are more successful.

Here are a few things that can be done:

1. Open up a dialogue – what can your company, leadership and employees do to support their Black and Brown colleagues? Ask questions such as - How can we hire more diversely, Are we paying Black and Brown employees fairly and do they have the same growth opportunities. Are you listening?

2. Get leadership involved – your employees need to hear a strong anti-racist stance from the executive leadership.

3. Review your existing policies and create new ones – around social media use, hiring procedures and interview practices.

4. Build transparent open-door policies to encourage Black and Brown Employees to submit complaints without fear or adverse consequences.

5. Encourage your employees to be active Allies.

6. Introduce D&I training – company wide from top down

7. Support and give back to the Black community in your area

8. Reflect and acknowledge your shortcomings – every company has to start from somewhere.

So HR, you recognise there is work to do and you need to be more active in your support of your Black and Brown Employees. Now is the time to take action, its not too late. I am happy to talk further.

Chikere Igbokwe is a D&I Consultant and runs Training, Webinars, Lunch and Learns on:

Race and Allyship

Unconscious Bias


Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent

Creating a sustainable D&I Strategy

For further details contact me at:


07590 500133

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Great books to read as recommended by the Allyship Community

1. Why I am no longer speaking to White People about Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

2. White Fragility – Robin Diangelo

3. New Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby

4. Black & British – A forgotten History – David Olusoga

5. Love In Colour – Bolu Babalola

6. BRIT ish – Afua Hirsh

7. The Thing Around your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8. How to be an ANTIRACIST – Ibram X Kendi

9. Natives – Akala

10. My Sister The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

11. Return of the King – William Dalrymple

12. Koh-i-Noor – William Dalrymple

13. Anarchy – William Dalrymple

14. Why are all the Black Kids sitting at the Back of the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum

15. Me and White Supremacy – Layla Saad

16. Becoming – Michelle Obama

17. Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

18. So you want to talk about Race – Ijeoma Oluo

19. Race and Class – Angela Davies

20. Diversify – June Sapong

21. James Baldwin Books

22. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

23. Invisible Woman – Caroline Criado Perez

24. Racism at Work – The danger of indifference – Binnaa Kandola

25. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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