Books to Read for Black History Month

This month is a time to celebrate and be educated about the history of black people. There is so much history and depth that honestly, one month doesn’t cover it all. Books are a great way to be introduced into the background of black issues and history. Many find discussions about race to be uncomfortable and confrontational, but it is through literary works that we can be illuminated and educated. We as society need to widen our scope and understanding of race, especially the black race. Fiction and non fiction can help foster your understanding of black history which is why I firmly believe everyone should indulge themselves in reading black literature not only in February, but throughout your reading queues. Here are some novels to pick up this February that highlight black history, culture, and various racial struggles.

1. Black Like Me-John Howard Green

2.Men We Reaped-Jesmyn Ward

3. Notes from No Man’s Land-Eula Biss

4. The Warmth of Other Suns-Isabel Wilkerson

5. Open City-Teju Cole

6. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America-Kiese Laymon

7. Native Son– Richard Wright

8. The Measure of A Man-Sidney Poitier

Of course, there are many books out there that discuss black history, these are just my immediate recommendations. What are your favorite Black History Month reads? #blacklivesmatter


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