Top reads from experts for Black History Month

Top reads from experts for Black History Month

by Suswati Basu

“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:

๐Ÿ“š Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

๐Ÿ“š The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne

๐Ÿ“š The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Wade and Virginia Hudson

๐Ÿ“š Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

๐Ÿ“š Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills

The Innocence Projectโ€™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 โ€” plus some interesting reads by talented Black authors touching on other forms of injustice:

๐Ÿ“š Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

๐Ÿ“š Another Country by James Baldwin

๐Ÿ“š The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of Americaโ€™s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

๐Ÿ“š Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Dr. Monique Morris

๐Ÿ“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:

๐Ÿ“š Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

๐Ÿ“š I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

๐Ÿ“š The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, by Honorรฉe Fanonne Jeffers

๐Ÿ“š Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

๐Ÿ“š Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

๐Ÿ“š The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

๐Ÿ“š Beloved, by Toni Morrison

๐Ÿ“š Becoming, by Michelle Obama

๐Ÿ“š Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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