Black Teacher

£12.99

Working in an office amidst the East End’s bombsites. Serving as a lady’s maid to an Empire-loving aristocrat. Being repeatedly denied jobs due to the colour bar. Marrying an English man and raising two mixed-race children in suburbia. Becoming one of the first black headteachers in Britain. Beryl Gilroy’s new life wasn’t what she had expected. In 1952, she moved from Guyana to London to pursue her dream of teaching, only to experience Britain’s racist post-war society. After finally securing a teaching post, she faced fear and curiosity from her pupils, bigoted abuse from parents, and semi-segregation among staff. But over the course of her trailblazing career, Gilroy only grew braver, learning the value of education in combating prejudice and rising to become a pioneering headmistress. This title tells Gilroy’s story in her own words.

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The rediscovered classic: a trailblazing Guyanese woman’s memoir of post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo (‘full of wit, perceptiveness, humour and compassion’)
Benjamin Zephaniah: ‘A must-read. Her life makes you laugh. Her life makes you cry. Get to know her.’
Jacqueline Wilson: ‘A superb but shocking memoir … Imaginative, resilient and inspiring.’
Steve McQueen: ‘Gilroy blazed a path that empowered generations of Black British educators.’
David Lammy: ‘This empowering tale of courage, resistance, and triumph is a breath of fresh air.’
Diana Evans: ‘Important, enlightening and very entertaining, full of real-life drama … Inspirational.’
Paul Mendez: ‘Written with a novelist’s ear and sense of atmosphere … A vital and unique testament.’
Jeffrey Boakye: ‘A landmark. Warm and wise … Life lessons we can all learn from.’
Alex Wheatle: ‘A pioneer in many fields and wonderful example for all of us … Essential reading.’
Christie Watson: ‘A beautiful memoir of one woman’s strength and dignity against the odds.’

Denied teaching jobs due to the colour bar. Working in an office amidst the East End’s bombsites. Serving as a lady’s maid to an Empire-loving aristocrat. Raising two children in suburbia. Becoming one of the first black headteachers in Britain.

In 1952, Beryl Gilroy moved from British Guiana to London. Her new life wasn’t what she expected – but her belief in education resulted in a revolutionary career. Black Teacher, her memoir, is a rediscovered classic: not only a rare insight into the Windrush generation, but a testament to how her dignity, ambition and spirit transcended her era.

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Reader Reviews:
‘Incredibly important … Such an interesting read, and I am so glad that it is being republished.’

‘Wonderful and insightful. I really, thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.’

‘Eye-opening … A powerful reminder of how far we have come … Beautifully written … I wish everyone could have a teacher like Beryl!’

‘Really lovely, and a surprisingly quick read … I wish I could have met her.’

‘A great piece of history [with] so much relevance even today as it touches upon issues of race, education and female empowerment.’

‘Excellent [on] what it was really like for the Windrush Generation… Highly recommended.’

Additional information

Weight 0.398 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 2 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

254

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

371.10092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

Black Teacher

£12.99

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