The History of the N-Word on BBC Radio 4

Monday, 23 June 2014

Hey Unbounders -

You don’t want to miss this 'The History of The N-Word' - Presented by Ellah Allfrey and produced by Colin Grant. Broadcast on Saturday June 21st, this poignant and powerful radio programme is now up on your BBC i-Player, featuring archive and commentary from Lenny Bruce, Nina Simone, Richard Pryor, James Baldwin to Gabriel Gbadamosi, Bernadine Evaristo, Raymond Antrobus and many, many more. It also features a commissioned poem 'The N-Word' by Salena Godden and a short dramatised excerpt from the literary memoir 'Springfield Road'  - Read 'The N-Word' poem at

"Sticks and stones may break my bones,

but names will always hurt thee,

If that word were a flag,

I'd burn it happily."

Salena Godden


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Publication date: September 2014
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