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Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

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One of the Observer 's Best Memoirs of the Year and The Times Best Film and Theatre Books of the Year. From a white perspective David's self-penned story is illuminating in such a sad and distressing way unyet he eventually manages to find his way through societies expectations which are projected onto him.

But in this book, Mr Harewood is able to articulate this experience in a way that I never thought it possible or even permissible to do. Harewood has engaged with David Lascelles, the 8th and current Earl of Harewood and a descendant of the 2nd Earl, who also believes the government should apologise for the slave trade. They stand as a poignant, frank, enlightening and yet hopeful work that elucidates perfectly many of the implicit and insidious British cultural norms of discrimination and exclusion, shaming, denial, minimisation and institutionalised hatred and harm, and its traumatising consequences. The Migration Museum explores how the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has made us who we are – as individuals and as a nation.It'd be a criminal understatement to say that this book is a brave undertaking in sharing such a deeply personal and debilitating moment of one's life. Now I'm not saying it's a simple equation, America is a very different country and has it's own problems. I'm gonna start by saying I loved HomeGirl so I was aware of what David does for a living and familiar with his work but that's as far as it went. Lewisham is the London Borough of Culture 2022 and has a proud history of supporting refugees and migrants.

Born in 1965 to parents who’d arrived in Birmingham from Barbados, Harewood, like his father (who was also sectioned), found that the assimilation process led to deep emotional conflict and placed a big strain on his mental health.

In November 2021, The Guardian published an article focusing on Harewood and actor Ricardo P Lloyd comparing both of their lives and careers and the struggles black British actors face in the UK. Brutally honest, brave and enlightening, David Harewood's memoir and account of his breakdown is a fascinating read.

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