Did You Know…Feburary is Black History Month?

Did You Know…

February is Black History Month?

It is!

And to celebrate here is a reading list with three parts: A selection of classic works by Hurston, Baldwin, Angelou and others, a selection of fiction titles by contemporary authors and a selection of biographies and memories by contemporary authors.

And in doing research for this posting I found so many great non-fiction books that to include them all in one posting would be inundating!

So I will do a second posting next week, titled Black History Month Non-Fiction Part 2: General Non-Fiction, to feature those books.

And onto the reading list!


(To learn more about a book, or to request it – click/tap on the book cover)

Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson by James Weldon Johnson contained in the collection Writings (Non-Fiction):


Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South, by Deborah Gray White (Non-Fiction):


The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr. (Non-Fiction):


The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois by W. E. B. Du Bois (Non-Fiction):


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Fiction):


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Non-Fiction):


Harriet A. Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (Non-Fiction):


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Non-Fiction):


Jubilee by Margaret Walker (Fiction):


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction):


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Fiction):


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely:


American Street by Ibi Zoboi:


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson:


Difficult Women by Roxane Gay:


Even in Paradise by Elizabeth Nunez:


Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey:


The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas:


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi:


The Illegal by Lawrence Hill:


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:


Kindred by Octavia E. Butler:


Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray:


The Sellout by Paul Beatty:


So Much Blue by Percival Everett:


Splay Anthem by Nathaniel Mackey:


X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon:



Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King:


Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson:


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight:


He Calls Me by Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the Forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty by Jonathan Bass:


March. Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:


March. Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:


March. Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and‎ Nate Powell:


Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward:


My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King & Barbara Reynolds:


Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson:


Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith:


Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz:


This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe:


When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL


9 Books to Read for Black History Month, According to Scholars written by Sarah Begley for Time Magazine (Feb. 15, 2018):


For Black History Month, PBS Books has put together a list of inspirational works honoring the African-American experience by PBS:


Never More Relevant: 50 Books for February, Black History Month, and Beyond by Molly McArdle (Dec. 22, 2016):


‘Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,’ by David Ritz by By Elsa Dixler (Book Review) (Dec. 5, 2014):


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