Top reads from experts for Black History Month

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society”. Angela Davis

February is Black History Month, so I turn to some of the formidable organisations and personalities who know these works of fiction and nonfiction best.

The daughter of a librarian, Janet Webster Jones began Source Booksellers in Detroit, Michigan, and is not only a proprietor of books and community services, she also creates a space for self-care discussions and virtual events that enrich your mind, body and spirit:

πŸ“š Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

πŸ“š The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

πŸ“š The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Wade and Virginia Hudson

πŸ“š Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

πŸ“š Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills

The Innocence Project’s staff also share books that have inspired them to reflect on Black history. The powerful books they selected below touch on everything from how the legacy of slavery in the U.S. has contributed to mass incarceration to exploring what it means to be a young Black person in America today β€” plus some interesting reads by talented Black authors touching on other forms of injustice:

πŸ“š Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

πŸ“š Another Country by James Baldwin

πŸ“š The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

πŸ“š Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris

πŸ“š Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King

Oprah’s picks of course makes the list:

πŸ“š Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

πŸ“š I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

πŸ“š The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by HonorΓ©e Fanonne Jeffers

πŸ“š Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

πŸ“š Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

πŸ“š The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

πŸ“š Beloved, by Toni Morrison

πŸ“š Becoming, by Michelle Obama

πŸ“š Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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