What is Black History Month?
Also known as African American History Month, February is the month dedicated to the important people of the African Diaspora. This is celebrated throughout Canada and the United States, and in the month of October in the United Kingdom, Netherland and Ireland.
This post is a recommendation of books written by authors who constitute the African community. Most of there books are award-winning and give us a lot of insight into their community as a whole.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker: An African living in the suburbs of America. But that is the least of her problems. After being abused by her father and raising her younger siblings, she is forced to marry a man, who is equally repelled by her. Here start’s one woman’s journey towards empowerment and freedom. But she isn’t alone for she has found a friend who might be famous, but is lonely at the very core.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: A multigenerational Saga that talks about the infamous slave trade in Africa and the racism in America. A family separated one fine day, only to meet decades later, but by then they have lost everything, including the rich heritage they once carried.
- The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas: A teenager sees her friend get shot just because of his color. She lives in the fear that the police will harass her and her family because racism is so prevalent. But African Americans aren’t going to stay quiet and they just found their leader in a scared teenage girl.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama, the ex FLOTUS talks about her journey as a lawyer, as a wife and as a mother, and how the presidency was constant pressure. But she was determined to survive. And she did. Gloriously.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: A fantasy about heritage and lost world, and the only way to reclaim them is to be brave and fight for what’s right.