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The Black History Month Reading List


The orange president decided to switch it up this year by calling February 2017 National African American History Month instead of Black History Month. For obvious that are too long to list, that doesn’t work for us. We’re still calling it Black History Month around these parts.

So the staff of The Kids Wear Crowns blog gathered around to create a list of essential reading material for this month. Some of the authors are black, some of the books are about the black experience but the list wasn’t restricted to “African American” authors.

In an effort to enlighten myself, I’m issuing a personal challenge. I’m going to read (at least) one of these books a week. Feel free to join me if you’d like.

Now, time for our list.

12 Years A Slave Solomon Northup
Americannah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Between the World and Me Ta’Naheisi Coates
Black Boy Richard Wright
Broken Earth Trilogy NK Jemison
The Watsons Go to Birmingham Christopher Paul Curtis
Die Nigger Die H. Rap Brown
Here Comes the Sun Nicole Dennis-Benn
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
I Am Not Sidney Poitier Percival Everett
Kindred Octavia Butler
Mama Day Gloria Naylor
Manchild in the Promised Land Claude Brown
Medical Apartheid Harriet A. Washington
Misadventures of the Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae
Roots Alex Haley
Sag Harbor Colson Whitehead
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward
Soul on Ice Eldridge Cleaver
Sula Toni Morrison
Swing Time Zadie Smith
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley and Malcolm X
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
The Mothers Britt Bennett
The Souls of Black Folks W.E.B. DuBois
The Sun is Also A Star Nicola Yoon
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neal Hurston
They Came Before Columbus Ivan Van Sertima
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Who Fears Death Nnedi Okafor
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