Black History Month Reading

Happy Black History Month! This time of year always inspires me to increase my reading selection to include more people of color (which surprisingly I already do).  I love going to bookstores and libraries and seeing their selection for Black History Month.  Although I firmly believe learning about black history shouldn’t be limited to just one month, February is a time to celebrate all of the accomplishments and progress the black community has made. Diversifying your reading is extremely important as it widens your mind and reading horizons. Also there are some incredible books out there that are written by people color that are overlooked all the time! Schools, libraries, and bookstores are starting to include more of a deeper reading selection of black authors. This is a time to celebrate and learn about black people from all over the world and I encourage all of you to participate. Black lives matter in ALL platforms and that includes your reading. I’m not saying you have to pick up Roots, but push yourself to learn about the history and advancement of black people. This world is diverse, so your reading should reflect our multicultural world. If you aren’t well versed in black history, don’t fear! I’ve included some great books that are written by people of color. Enjoy this time to diversify your reading and learn more about the community around you! Here are my picks:

  1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley-Malcolm X, Alex Haley51EtMw-KbmL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness-Michelle Alexander

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3. Between the World and Me-Ta-Nehisi Coates

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4. Their Eyes Were Watching God-Zora Neale Hurston

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5. Beloved-Toni Morrison

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6. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America-Andrea Davis Pinkney

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7. I, Too, Am America– Langston Hughes

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8.  Through My Eyes-Ruby Bridges

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9. Women, Race and Class-Angela Y. Davis

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10.  Assasta-An Autobiography-Assasta Shakur

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Of course the reading material is limitless of black authors and story, so make sure you continue to do your research! Enjoy the selection and Happy Black History Month! What’re some of your favorite reads for the month?

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