Books for Black History Month

A moving picture of the black history month books that are listed in this article.

A moving picture of the black history month books that are listed in this article.

Black History Month, What is black history month? “Negro history week” was created by Carter G. Woodson this was a week celebrated the second week of February which lied between Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. This week later turned into known as Black History Month, the Celebrations of all the achievements and roles in U.S history by African Americans. Since 1976 every U.S president has officially titled the month of February Black History Month. All around the world countries like Canada and the United Kingdom have devoted a month to celebrating black history. Why do we celebrate Black History? We celebrate African-American History Month to recognize the success of African Americans that invented things that have improved the world. like Marie Van Brittan Brown who invented the home security system or Garrett Morgan the man that invented traffic lights, and Benjamin Montgomery invented a steamboat propeller for shallow waters. This Month is to also celebrate the activist that fought for equality and civil rights, some African- American activist that were apart of this movement were W.E.B Du Bois, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hammer, Malcolm X, and more. This is Why We Celebrate Black History Month As Martin Luthar King once said “ The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right” 

But Black History Month is not just to celebrate but to also learn more history about the African Americans who improve the world and who also fought for equality. One way you can learn more about the fellow African Americans is to visit the National Museum of African American history and culture, but because of the coronavirus that’s hard to do. A better and safer way is to read books that are good to read during Black History Month, by reading these books you can learn a lot about Black History. Here is some good book to read during Black History Month, that not will it only put the perception of how life was for African-Americans and their ancestors in your life but also how they lived through it.

Americanh – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanh is a novel that flashes back to Ifemelu a Nigerian woman who lives in Princeton, New jersey getting ready to go back to Nigeria, broke up with her boyfriend Blaine, has also closed her popular blog about race, and uprooted her life because she feels weighed down. Thinking about returning to Nigeria all she can help but think about her first love obinze a now wealthy man with a wife and daughter. His wife Kosi is beautiful but he never had that emotional level that he had with Ifemelu did.

Beloved – by Toni Morrison

Beloved is a Historical Fiction placed in 1873 Ohio, Cincinnati about a black slave woman who escaped from Kentucky plantation with her husband These events are revealed in flashbacks, as the novel opens in 1873, with Sethe and her teenage daughter, Denver, living in Ohio, where their house at 124 Bluestone Road is haunted by the angry ghost of the child Sethe killed. Sethe is obsessed with assuaging her guilt and tries to placate the increasingly demanding and manipulative Beloved. At one point, Beloved seduces Paul D. After learning that Sethe killed her daughter, he leaves. The situation at 124 Bluestone worsens, as Sethe loses her job and becomes completely fixated on Beloved, who is soon revealed to be pregnant.

Black enough – by Ibis Zoboi

“Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America”

Elijah of Buxton – by Christopher Paul Curtis

“ Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled — a life from which he’ll always be free if he can find the courage to get back home”

Harlems little blackbird – by Renee Watson

Born to parents who were former-slaves Florence knew early on that she loved to sing. And that people really responded to her sweet, bird-like voice. Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays! Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.

I know why the caged bird sings – by Maya Angelo

“Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.”

Invisible Man – by Ralph Ellison

“As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying “battle royal” where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison’s nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.”

Little leaders: bold women in black history – by Vashti Harrison

“Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations brings to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, and more.”

Malcolm X the autobiography – by Malcolm X

“Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself “the angriest Black man in America” relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind.”

Moses – by Carole Boston Weatherford

“Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind and escape. Taking with her only her faith, she must creep through the woods with hounds at her feet, sleep for days in a potato hole, and trust people who could have easily turned her in.”

Preaching to the chicken – by Jabari Asim

“John wants to be a preacher when he grows up—a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action. But why wait? When John is put in charge of the family farm’s flock of chickens, he discovers that they make a wonderful congregation! So he preaches to his flock, and they listen, content under his watchful care, riveted by the rhythm of his voice.”

Roll of thunder hears my cry. – by Mildred D.Taylor

“The novel explores the struggles of African Americans in 1930s Southern Mississippi through the perspective of nine-year-old Cassie Logan.”

Roots: The saga of an American Family – By Alex Haley

“When he was a boy in Henning, Tennessee, Alex Haley’s grandmother used to tell him stories about their family—stories that went back to her grandparents, and their grandparents, down through the generations all the way to a man she called “the African.” She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the “Kamby Bolongo” and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men, beaten, chained, and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.”

Stamped from the beginning – by Ibran X Kenidi

“In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti–Black racist ideas and their staggering power throughout American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and anti-racists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading pro-slavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.”

The bluest eye – by Toni Marrison

“The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.

What it’s a vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction”

The new Jim crow – by Michelle Alexander

“Jarvis Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.”

The story of Ruby Bridges – by Robert cokes

“This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all-white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism.”

The undefeated – Kwame Alexander

“This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.”

Turning 15 on the road to freedom – Lynda Blackmon Lowery

“As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today’s young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history”