Barnes & Noble to “diversify” covers of 12 classic books by changing portrayed characters to non-white individuals to celebrate black history month – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Barnes & Noble to “diversify” covers of 12 classic books by changing portrayed characters to non-white individuals to celebrate black history month




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The flagship store of Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City has launched a new programme to promote “Black History Month” by changing the covers of 12 classic books to portray the characters as being of non-European heritage.

The 12 books were all written by white authors with the exception of two written by Alexandre Dumas, who is often cited as being black, as his grandmother was a slave of Afro-Caribbean ancestry.

The new covers of each book will employ five culturally diverse depictions of the key characters, however none of the diversified covers will feature white character.

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