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12 Books Your TBR List Needs for Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! At Big Black Chapters, every month is Black History Month. Looking for Black History books on kindle?

In honor of the month, we will feature little known Black History facts from around the world.

Because African American history doesn’t start with slavery… it was interrupted by it.

To start the month off right, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite black history books and other’s I’ve come across in my quest for knowledge.

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12 Books to Read for Black History Month 2019

This list includes both fiction and nonfiction works by Black writers sharing their unique input on the black experience in America and abroad.

 

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

Named Amazon’s Best History Book of 2018, Barracoon is the retelling of one of the most tragic events in black history – slavery and The Middle Passage. Written by the legendary Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon is the firsthand account of Cudjo Lewis, the last survivor of the Middle Passage.

Using Cudjo’s unique vernacular, Hurston brings to life the story of his capture and travel across on the Atlantic aboard the Clotilda. During a series of interviews, Lewis shared his childhood memories of Africa and the years he spent in captivity before the Civil War.

 

Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives 

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UNSEEN is a book of photos, first published in 2016 in a series entitled Unpublished Black History in The Times. This version includes these same photos, plus many more including: a young Jessie Jackson leading a rally in Chicago, Rosa Parks at a courthouse in Alabama, plus photos of Aretha Franklin, Malcolm X, and Myrlie Evans.

UNSEEN dives deep into The Times photo archives–known as the Morgue–to showcase this extraordinary collection of photographs and the stories behind them.

 

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires 

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

We’ve all heard the stories of the hardships and struggles newly emancipated slaves faced during Reconstruction. But like always, popular history has overlooked the contributions of many African Americans who were able to escape poverty and reach millionaire status despite the odds stacked against them.

Black Fortunes looks at six pioneers – African American businessmen and women – who built empires in the face of discrimination, attacks, and shady business practices.

“By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.”—Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times Bestselling author of Hidden Figures

 

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America’s Most Powerful Mobster

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

Bestselling author, Stephen L. Carter, shares the incredible story of his grandmother became one of the most famous black women in America during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Invisible is a fast-paced novel that tells her story and how her legal strategy was critical in apprehending Lucky Luciano, one of the most powerful mob bosses in history.

 

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime

Black Klansman is a memoir by Ron Stallworth, the first black detective at the Colorado Springs Police Department. After seeing a classified ad recruiting for the KKK, Stallworth makes it his personal mission to take the organisation down.

Black Klansman is the true story of Stallworth’s undercover investigation in the nation’s deadliest hate group and terrorist organization – The Klux Klux Klan.

 

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

As the newest host of Comedy Central’s, The Daily Show, Trevor Noah has made a name for himself in the world of comedy. His upbeat attitude and infectious smile make it hard to believe such a soul could have experienced such hate and racism, during his formative years, but indeed he did.

Born during apartheid, a time when “race mixing” was illegal, his identity as a person was essentially illegal. Born A Crime is Trevor’s account of growing up at the height of apartheid South Africa and the struggles he and his mother faced as a result of his biracial identity.

 

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

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Is there such a thing as post-racial America? Since the election of Barack Obama, some argue that American society has evolved and racism is no longer the problem it once was in this nation. But historian Ibram X. Kendi carefully examines racist ideals in America. Stamped from the Beginning takes a deep look at antiblack sentiments throughout history and how they are woven into the fabric of our society.

Named one of the best Books of the Year (2016) by Buzzfeed, Boston Globe, The Root, and Washington Post; Stamped from the Beginning sheds a new, unyielding light on race-based discrimination in America, 

 

Dem Days Was Hell – Recorded Testimonies of Former Slaves from 17 U.S. States: True Life Stories from Hundreds of African Americans in South about Their Life in Slavery and after the Liberation

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Whew, chile. When the title says it all – Dem Days Was Hell. And the struggle was absolutely real. This book is the retelling of recorded testimonies of former slaves collected after the Civil War by The Federal Writers Project – a government-sponsored program created to employ writers during the Great Depression.

Hundreds of stories and interviews were collected from former slaves in seventeen states and published to preserve a part of our nation’s history that most would like to gloss over.

 

The Color Purple Collection

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I’m sure you’ve seen the movie. But have you read the book? In fact, have you read the entire collection? The Color Purple is an American classic and a PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick.

The Color Purple is the first book in the series chronicling the life of Celie and her struggles as a young black woman in the rural south.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Templar of My Familiar is the second book in the collection which looks at the African experience in America. Shug and Celie take a subtle backseat to a new cast of characters who all must come to terms with their violent pasts in order to overcome their current struggles.

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Possessing the Secret of Joy is the story of Celie’s daughter-in-law, Tashi, and her new life in San Francisco as Evelyn Johnson. But before she can truly enjoy her new life, Tashi must sort through the inner pain of female genital mutilation and the submissive nature of her life thus far.

 

Indigo

Love on the Underground Railroad. Yes, please! Written by the queen of historical African American romance, Indigo weaves a captivating love story with black history, touching subjects such as the abolishionist movement, racism, and slavery.

 

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Black History Books on Kindle

Above are just a few of the many black history books on kindle. For the remaining days of Black History Month, BBC will feature historical fiction and black history books by African American writers and indie authors of color.

Do you have a book to add to the list? Drop a comment letting me know your favorite black historical read.

As always, if you’re an indie author of color, I invite you to join our online writing community on Facebook. Join a collective of like-minded writers of color producing everything from urban fiction to interracial romance and erotica.

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