Black Teacher

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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: an unforgettable memoir by a trailblazing black woman in post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo (‘I dare anyone to read it and not come away shocked, moved and entertained.’)
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 about a brilliant teacher, imaginative, resilient and inspiring.’
Steve McQueen: ‘Gilroy blazed a path that empowered generations of Black British educators.’
Diana Evans: ‘Important, enlightening and very entertaining, full of real-life drama … Inspirational.’
David Lammy: ‘This empowering tale of courage, resistance, and triumph is a breath of fresh air.’
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.’

Being 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 had expected – but her belief in the power of education resulted in a revolutionary career. Black Teacher, her memoir, is a rediscovered classic: not only a rare first-hand insight into the Windrush generation, but a testament to how one woman’s dignity, ambition and spirit transcended her era.

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Weight0.24 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition

New edition

Dewey

371.10092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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