richard heaton 2019Book review                                                                           Marcia’s work is valuable and thought-provoking. It has made us (and me personally) think differently about how race, gender and exclusion are experienced within an organisation. It’s a warning not to be simplistic in reading the data. But it’s also a toolkit, helping us to see more clearly.                                  Sir Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Clerk to the Crown in Chancery.

Dr Morgan’s research sends a clear signal that the experiences of black women are worthy of being shared and provides us all with valuable insight. I hope it encourages the prison service to consider what steps it can take to support black women employees to fulfill their potential. Jas, Transport for London.


Black women are notoriously strong; they have had to be, but for Marcia Morgan faced with the challenging culture of the prison environment where the white male dominates, being both black and a woman, takes on a whole new meaning.

Now a Dr, having been awarded a PHD for her research, Marcia has collated her findings into an eminently readable book.

She writes well, drawing on the experiences of others, she highlights effectively the attitudes and reactions that people so often demonstrate subconsciously as much as consciously.

Although Dr Morgan’s research has the prison environment as the focus, I believe that the points she makes are relevant to all people in the wider context of how all humanity relates to each other.

Of particular note is her poetry, which poignantly expresses the pain that marginalised people experience.

This book will help raise the consciousness about harsh attitudes that in this day and age should not exist because by now we should know better.

It takes the courage and hard work of people like Dr Marcia Morgan to force us to look at ourselves and be determined to make the world a better place for everyone.                     Chrissy Pepper, Nurse