by Gilroy, Beryl, Evaristo, Bernardine | Biography & True Stories
Published 04/08/2022 by Faber & Faber in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 288 pages
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:
‘Gilroy blazed a path that empowered generations of Black British educators.’ Diana Evans
‘This empowering tale of courage, resistance, and triumph is a breath of fresh air.’ Alex Wheatle:
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.