Black History Month began in 1926 as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It still pays tribute to those who struggle(d) against unfairness and adversity. It is celebrated in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. February was chosen as the birthday month of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Also in February, 1870 black citizens were granted the right to vote (at least legally) in the US; in February 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded and Rosa Parks was also born in February (1913). For more information go to https://asalh.org/
Below is a short list of some books by or about people of African descent that I have enjoyed. They reflect multiple themes and genres and are in no particular order.
Dreams from my Father:
A story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones –the sad tale of a black man sent to prison and of lives ripped apart
The Color Purple by Alice Walker – a very moving novel set the 1930’s
Hidden Figures by Lee Shetterly– about four black women and the space race (and yes – also a good movie!).
On My To Read LIST:
Becoming – a memoir by the inspirational Michelle Obama (on most every one’s list!)
Frederick Douglass by David Blight, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.
Contra Costa County Libraries also has a list of recommendations along the lines of Black Migrations: go to https://guides.ccclib.org/blackhistorymonth
There are so many more. Please add your own favorites in the comments below for others to enjoy.