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  • Published: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529119039
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Taking Up Space

The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change




THE FLAGSHIP 2019 RELEASE OF #MERKY BOOKS
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‘Brilliant... full of the knowledge, understanding, tools and kindness that every black girl needs, through university and beyond. Plus it’s funny, too.’ CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS, author of Queenie

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.

  • Pub date: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529119039
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

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 an HSPS (Politics and International Relations) graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. She has been behind the Benin Bronze repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was also President of the university’s African-Caribbean Society. She was born in England, moved to Nigeria at the age of 7 and returned to England aged 13. She is currently studying a Master’s in Journalism at Columbia University, New York.


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