Black History Month Must-Read Books

Categories: Diversity & Inclusion

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout history. From inspiring biographies to thought-provoking fiction, there are plenty of books to choose from that will help you learn more about the African American experience. Here are some of our top picks for must-read books to check out this month.

Books for Adults:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
Friday Black by Nana Kwami Adjei-Brenyah
How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

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Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Native Son by Richard Wright
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings by Maya Angelou
Beloved by Toni Morrison


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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston
Four Hundred Souls
by Ibram X. Kendi
The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Velma Maia Thomas
Black Fortunes by Shomari Willis
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston

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