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February 23, 2021

In celebration of Black History Month 2021, the Camosun Library published a resource guide presenting a diverse sampling of works by Black authors and creators, ranging from historical fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoirs, streaming media, and literary classics. Author and Camosun alum, N.P. (Nyasha) Katedza, guest-curated the guide, selecting resources for their impact and influence on her life and literary practice.

"I think it's important for everyone to read books and watch movies by Black content creators at any time of the year," says Katedza. "Black History Month, however, is a month wherein we can focus on contributions and achievements by Black authors, creatives, scientists, and social activists."

Katedza was invited to curate the guide after establishing a relationship with the library for an author event in 2020. The collection includes several titles by Katedza, a published author and self-described wanderer who completed the college's Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program in 2020. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived on four out of the world's recognized seven continents.

"Nyasha's contributions have made a positive impact," says librarian Robbyn Lanning. "They allowed the library to profile a recent Camosun graduate, grow the collection in an inclusive way and amplify the diversity that is present and vital at the college."

With dozens of titles on the list, it can be difficult to pick one must-read book, but Katedza rose to the challenge. "While all the content on this list is wondrous and thought-provoking, the book that I think is a must-read for every Canadian is Robyn Maynard's Policing Black Lives. There is a huge part of our history, and the history of our neighbours, that many of us are unaware of."

See the complete Black History Month resource guide here: https://camosun.libguides.com/BlackHistoryMonth

Camosun, located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, with campuses on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, is one of the largest colleges in the province. Established in 1971, Camosun now celebrates 50 years of delivering innovative, life-changing academic and applied programs to 20,000 students annually.

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Author and Camosun alum, N.P. (Nyasha) Katedza, guest-curated the Black History Month resource guide for the Camosun Library

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