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Reach Society News

30 New Scholarships for British African Caribbean Students

The University of Glasgow's reparative justice programme will transform lives in the Black community.

The first project emerging from the collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Reach Society is the James McCune Smith Scholarships for British students of African Caribbean background who are admitted to undergraduate degree courses in 2019.

Employability Day in Leicester, 29 May
Young people, aged 10 to19, in Leicester and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and slightly more than two dozen local employers, large and small, at the first Employability Day held on 29 May 2019, on the campus of the University of Leicester.
2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Forthcoming Events

  • 27/09/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 19/10/2019 7.30pm - 8th Recognition Awards Dinner
  • 25/10/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.


Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner
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Index of Cultural Esteem Books (ICE Books)

Reach Society’s Index of Cultural Esteem Books is designed to discover and recognise British young people and adults who have built up a good and robust knowledge of the contributions of folks from their African Caribbean and African cultural origins.

To help the target groups Reach Society has chosen to publish an Index of many books written by authors from these backgrounds.

In addition, Reach Society invites the public to nominate books to add to those already listed. In this way we hope to create a comprehensive Index of Cultural Esteem books for our readers.

To be considered for an ICE Readers’ Award you need to contact Reach Society via this link: giving your name, a contact telephone number and the names of the ICE books you have read.

One of our judges will contact you to test your claim before passing your name to our judging panel.

Successful ICE readers will be invited to our annual Careers Conference to be presented with their awards

ICE Books for children (target age, under 12)

  1. Gifted Hands by Ben Carson (Zondervan)

  2. Drought by Andrew Salkey (Peepal Tree Press)

  3. Earthquake by Andrew Salkey (Peepal Tree Press)

  4. Hurricane by Andrew Salkey (Peepal Tree Press)

  5. Riot by Andrew Salkey (Peepal Tree Press)

  6. Our Story, By Us, For Us! The Story Of British People Of African Caribbean Origin by D Neil, K Davidson, J Alexis & P Neil (Reach Society Publishing)

ICE Books for teenagers and adults (target age, 12 plus)

  1.  Born A Crime by Trevor Noah (John Murray Publishers)

  2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers)

  3. The Soul of a Butterfly, Reflections on Life’s Journey by Muhammad Ali & Hana Yasmeen Ali (published by Bantam Books)

  4. The Enlightenment Abolished by Geoffrey Palmer (Henry Publishing)

  5. Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain by Sam King, MBE (Upfront Publishing)

  6. Wounds of Returning by Jessica Adams (published by University of North Carolina Press)

  7. Arthur Ashe: Of Tennis and the Human Spirit by Marvin Martin (Scholastic Library Publishing)

  8. Belle: The Slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne (published by Harper Perennial)

  9. Williams Sisters - from the Ghetto to Glory by Hugh MacDonald (Argyll Publishing)

  10. Home by Toni Morrison (Vintage Books Publishing)

  11. The Real President by Noah Kaindama (published by Diadem Books)

  12. 101 Ways to make money in Africa by John-Paul Iwuoha & Dr Harnet Brokrezion

  13. How They Made a Million: The Dyke & Dryden Story by Tony Wade (A Hansib Publications)

  14. David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (published by Penguin Books)

  15. Six Stories & An Essay by Andrea Levy (published by Headline Publishing Group)

  16. 2 Sides by Rio Ferdinand's autobiography assisted by David Winner (published by Blink Publishing)

  17. Hope in a ballet shoe by Michaela & Elaine De Prince (published by Faber & Faber)

  18. The Three Degrees: The men who changed British football forever by Paul Rees (published by Constable Books)

  19. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (published by Penguin Books)

  20. Cyrille Regis My Story (The autobiography of the first black icon of British football)

  21. To Sir With Love by E. R. Braithwaite (Vintage Classics)

  22. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (Random House)

  23. Small Island by Andrea Levy (Headline Book Publishing)

  24. Love and Marriage by Bill Cosby (Bantam Books)

  25. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby (A Berkley Book)

  26. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (Penguin Books)

  27. Black Boys Can Make It: How They Overcome The Obstacles To University In The UK And USA. By Cheron Byfield (Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books)

  28. Generating Genius by Tony Sewell (Trentham Books)

  29. Eagles Who Soar by Jasmine Rhamie (Trentham Books)

  30. Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence by Ben S. Carson (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)

  31. Education: A Pathway To Success For Black Children by K. Davidson and J. Alexis (KAD Publishing)

  32. The Heart Of A Woman by Maya Angelou (Virago Press)

  33. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Canongate Books)

  34. Personal Best by Denise Lewis (Century)

  35. My Story by Lewis Hamilton (Harper Collins)

  36. To Be Loved – The Music, The Magic, The Memoirs of Motown by Berry Gordy (Headline Book Publishing)

  37. What Manner Of Man: Biography Of Martin Luther King Jr by Lerone Bennett Jr (Johnson Publishing Company)

  38. In Search Of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf With Tiger Woods by Tom Callahan (Mainstream Publishing)

  39. Catch A Fire: The Life Of Bob Marley by Timothy White (Elim Tree Books)

  40. My Own Story: The Greatest Muhammad Ali by Richard Durham (Hart Davis MacGibbon)

  41. Windrush: The Irresistible Rise Of Multi-Racial Britain by Mike & Trevor Phillips (Harper Collins)

  42. The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King's Dream by Gary Younge

  43. Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography by Ian Carr

  44. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X with assistance of Alex Haley

  45. When We Ruled by Robin Walker (Every Generation Media)

  46. How the West Indian child is made educationally subnormal in the British school system: the scandal of the Black child in schools in Britain by. B. Coard (New Beacon Books Ltd, London).

  47. Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Little, Brown & Company)

(ICE Books, Index 001, March 2014)