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  • Published: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529119039
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Taking Up Space

The Black Girl's Manifesto for Change




A groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education.

A groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education, by two extremely talented young graduates.

As a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. And in higher education, feeling like you constantly have to justify your existence within institutions that weren't made for you is an ongoing struggle for many people.

Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, two recent Cambridge graduates, wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change: tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism, and life before and after university.

Featuring honest conversations with students past and present, Taking Up Space goes beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion and explores what those words truly mean for young black girls today.

  • Published: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529119039
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the authors

Chelsea Kwakye

Chelsea Kwakye is a first-class honours History graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she was the only black girl in her year group of around 200 to read History. In her final year, she was Vice-President of the African-Caribbean Society and competed in a Cambridge vs. Oxford Varsity Athletics match. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for a training contract with a city law firm in London.

Ore Ogunbiyi

Ore Ogunbiyi is a Nigerian-British Politics and International Relations graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she pioneered the Benin Bronze Repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was President of the African-Caribbean Society.
She has since completed a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University, New York and is currently working as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice President of Nigeria.

Praise for Taking Up Space

Intimate... like reading the diary of a well-informed friend. The result is a bold venture... full of what will be revelations to some and reminders to others. The authors dignify the argument with nuance, and puncture the tendency to see black students as a monolith... For countless black women in Britain, a century after women's suffrage and in spite of the Race Relations Act, it can feel like the glass ceiling is reinforced by concrete, with those above unable to see below. And self-help, it seems, remains essential.

TLS

Brilliant… Full of the knowledge, understanding, tools and kindness that every black girl needs.

Candice Carty-Williams

Taking Up Space is a shocking account of how racism operates in the academy from a student viewpoint. An essential contribution.

Bernardine Evaristo

A hugely important tool that I wish I’d had to guide me through university.

Paula Akpan

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