HomeBeats: Struggles for Racial Justice (Single user licence)

HomeBeats is a multimedia journey through time, from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia, to the making of modern Britain. The first cd-rom on racism and the black presence in Britain, it fuses music, graphics, video, text and animation into a stunning voyage of personal and historical discovery for every user.

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Through a series of fully interlinked sections – Memories, Places, People, Visions, Images – HomeBeats makes the links between past and present accessible to young people in a way possible in no other medium. It covers the history of the struggle for racial justice, tracing the connections between slavery, the colonial experience and modern day racism. The story of how black communities were built in the UK is told through the stories of eight locations in Britain: Birmingham, Bradford, Brixton, the East End of London, Liverpool, Newham, Notting Hill, and Southall. Easy and fun to use, with a soundtrack by Asian Dub Foundation, HomeBeats lets you learn at your own pace.

Topics include:

These are just some of the topics: Sugar and slavery; India’s freedom struggle; The scramble for Africa; The Civil Rights movement; Refugees and asylum-seekers; Images of black people; Fascism in Europe; Biographies and portraits of 50 key individuals from John Archer, the first black mayor in Britain, to Angela Davis, a leader of the US Black Power movement.

Other features: Quiz game; Search facility; Fully indexed; 200,000 words of text articles; Glossary of keywords; Over 1 hour of audio material; Hundreds of photographs; Over 20 video clips.


HomeBeats is suitable for ages 13 and upwards, for use in schools, colleges and youth centres or at home. It meets requirements for key stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum, as well as for post-16 education. Produced to the highest professional and educational standards, HomeBeats’ in-depth, comprehensive coverage makes it ideal for adult training courses too. System requirements: Windows 3.1/95/98/2000/NT4/XP or Mac OS 7/8/9 or OS X in classic mode. 16Mb RAM memory; 10Mb hard disk free space; Any Pentium, PowerPC or faster processor; CD-ROM drive; VGA or better display with at least 256 colours and a sound card.