Welcome to Black History Month, a celebration of Black Americans Black Excellence stretching all the way back to 1926 with the creation of Negro History Week. It’s one of those things that has mixed feelings among the Black community that aren’t relevant to this blog or this post in anyway except a short reminder that reading books by Black Authors, and/or about the Black experience is not something that should be delegated to February’s short 28 days.
Black authors are a small piece of the Black community who are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve. This is a list of some Black authors I’ve had on my radar, and the books of theirs I’d most like to pick up. To be clear these are all authors I’ve never read before (some of them are shameful admissions), next week are the ones I have. Use this to browse for new authors, books, or just to see a small extension of my ever growing TBR pile.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie –That Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah
Jay Coles– Tyler Johnson was Here
Natasha Deon – Grace
Heidi W. Durrow -The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing
Alex Haley -Roots, Queen
Zora Neale Hurston -Their Eyes Were Watching God
Reni Eddo-Lodge – Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Helen Oyeyemi – Boy, Snow, Bird
Warsan Shire – teaching my mother how to give birth
Zadie Smith – Swing Time, On Beauty, Changing my Mind, The Autograph of Men,
Nic Stone -Dear Martin
Alice Walker -The Color Purple
Rene Watson– This Side of Home