8 Books to Start Off Black History Month

These black authors weave stories and touch hearts.

Beautiful and happy black woman outside on a sunny day.
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It’s Black History Month.

I don’t know about you, but my ancestors did terrible things to black people. And some of my ancestors were black and on the receiving end of those atrocities. You wouldn’t know by looking at me.

Maybe this month you are honoring your own black heritage. Or maybe you are focusing on making far overdue reparations. And maybe you’re stuck in the middle, like me. Either way, one of the best things we can do this month (and preferably all year) is to support black voices.

The following books are from some of my favorite black authors:

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Maya Angelou
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Barack Obama
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Justina Ireland
  • Trevor Noah
  • Angie Thomas

These books range from classic to the modern day. Let’s dive in:

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1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

3. Things Fall Apart

4. Dreams from My Father

5. Americanah

6. Dread Nation

7. Born a Crime

8. The Hate U Give

Author: DitrieMarieBowie

Ditrie Marie Bowie (née Sanchez) is a Puerto Rican in British Columbia, Canada who writes fiction. Bowie professionally reviews books for IndieReader and teaches English to non-native speakers around the globe. A classically trained pianist, she has lived in three different countries spanning two continents. And she met her spouse in a video game. She also has a pet dragon. Bearded dragon, that is.

2 Replies to “8 Books to Start Off Black History Month”

  1. Allison says:

    Great list! I’ve only read two of these but several more are on my list. Kindred is another great one. I just finished it last night and it’s amazing.

    1. DitrieMarieBowie says:

      Ooh, I haven’t read that one. Adding it to my TBR. 🙂


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