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Jessica Kingsley Publishers: Winter 2023

Black and Dyslexic
An Anthology of Lived Experience from a Cultural Perspective
By (author): Marcia Brissett-Bailey Foreword by: Atif Choudhury
Marcia Brissett-Bailey ,

Foreword by :

Atif Choudhury


Jessica Kingsley Publishers



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Feb 21, 2023
$26.95 CAD


214 x 136 x 26 mm | 280 gr

Page Count:

240 pages


B/w author photo included in each chapter
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Short Description
A collection of lived-experience accounts from those within the black and dyslexic community. Contributors cover the early years, the education system, navigating the workplace and excelling in their chosen careers. In addition, providing an honest discussion on discrimination and erasure.
First international collection focused on the lived experiences of black dyslexics

'My book showcases positive role models for black people and those within our wider dyslexic community and society, to inspire current and future generations.'

This is a raw, honest and enlightening collection of experiences, across the black and dyslexic community, giving an intersectional perspective on topics including the education system, the workplace, daily life and entrepreneurship. These stories highlight the challenges, progress, successes and contributions of the black and dyslexic community, helping others to find their voice, feel empowered and be proud of their differences.
It charts journeys from early childhood through to adulthood and, despite the lack of representation within the public arena, how black dyslexic people of all ages are changing the world.

Raising awareness, breaking silences and tackling the stigma around dyslexia and the difficulties stemming from a lack of support. Contributors share how they tackled their unique adversities and provide practical tips for others to live proudly at the intersection of blackness and dyslexia.

Marcia Brissett-Bailey is an inspirational speaker, co-author and passionate advocate and champion for dyslexia and neurodiversity. She was named one of the Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women of 2022 and was winner of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) Adult Award 2022. Marcia was nominated for the Stereotype Buster of the Year category at the 2021 and 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards. She is a co-founder of the BDA Cultural Perspective Committee and a board member of several organisations focused on Neurodiversity.

In this timely edited book, "Black, Brilliant and Dyslexic", Marcia Brissett-Bailey provides a must-read edited book, grounded in a counter-narrative as well as autobiographical that showcases the brilliance of Black voices, which have been silent for too long. Historically, the experiences of Blacks have been written from a deficit perspective. Refreshingly, these chapters include sociocultural perspectives, presenting the strong voices of those who have turned their pain into triumph. These narratives are grounded within a culturally responsive lens that address the author(s) Prek-12, college, and employment journey and will give HOPE to future generations of Black students.

Marcia Brissett-Bailey has given a platform for other Black's to have their voices heard, honored, and celebrated especially those from underserved and underrepresented communities. Brissett-Bailey's edited book is transformational and sheds light on successful individuals who are Black and dyslexic

- Shawn Anthony Robinson PhD co-founder of Doctor Dyslexia Dude

This thought-provoking book offers a raw insight into the lived experiences of diverse talents through the lens of a Black person. An invaluable and educational resource for raising awareness of how diverse cultural groups and communities experience Dyslexia differently. A true inspiration and example of the superpowers neurodivergents. - Joseline Porter, HR Consultant, Mediator, Coach & Facilitator - JP People and Business Solutions LTD.

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