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50+ Must-Read Books by Black Authors

50+ Must-Read Books by Black Authors

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Say their names: Ahmaud Arbery (Feb. 23, 2020), Breonna Taylor (March 13, 2020), George Floyd (May 25, 2020), and many more.

Black Lives Matter.

For 400 years, black people have been oppressed. From being forced into slave labor, marching for our voices to be heard, being segregated and discriminated against, having to fight for our right to vote and to be treated and viewed as equal. Here we are in 2020, and black people are being shot at or killed because the cops are “scared”, when they are the ones with the gun.

Personally, all I can do is share the word and let others know that black people matter via social media, calls on the phone, or in person. Black lives mean something, they matter! These are human lives we are talking about! Friends, family, neighbors, etc. getting severely hurt, abused by excessive police force, not given fair and equal justice as the white man. People of color (POC) – blacks, latios/latinas, Asians, etc.. – we deserve to be looked at and treated as equals.

You must love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:39

Now I am a big reader and absolutely love to read books! Books provide so much knowledge, insight, experience, and allows you to step into someone else’s point of view.

A fellow bookstagrammer made a point that yes, it is great to educate yourself about slavery, the n-word, why it’s not ‘all lives matter’, why their is so much injustice on black folks. BUT IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT to treat black authors with fairness as well. They don’t ONLY write about slavery, injustice in America, and racism. They write about everything, just like white people.

Since we have people’s attention, may we take this moment to help, support, and recognize our black author community, and treat and view them with the same respect and love for their books. Here are 50+ Must-Read Books by Black Authors from all different backgrounds and genres. A little something for everyone.

50+ Must-Read Books by Black Authors

50+ Must-Read Books by Black Authors

  1. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  2. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
  3. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
  4. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  5. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  6. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
  7. The Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  8. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  10. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  11. The Sun is Also a Star by Nichola Yoon
  12. Everything Everything by Nichola Yoon
  13. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  14. Dear Haiti Love Alaire by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  15. My Name is Tani…and I believe in Miracles by Tanitoluwa Adewumi
  16. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  17. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  18. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  19. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  20. Take a Hint by Dani Brown
  21. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
  22. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  23. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  24. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  25. Me and White Supremacy: Combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad
  26. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  27. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  28. Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  29. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  30. I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
  31. Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
  32. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  33. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  34. Brainwashed by Tom Burrell
  35. Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
  36. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  37. Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatu, Phd
  38. How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin
  39. Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andra J. Ritchie
  40. How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  41. Conversation in Black by Ed Gordon
  42. What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson
  43. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
  44. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  45. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
  46. We are Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
  47. The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey
  48. The Little Book of Big Lies by Tina Lifford
  49. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
  50. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  51. Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
  52. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

…and this list doesn’t just end there! There are so many books to read by black authors.

Additional Resources

To find books by POC, check out the lists provided by Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Buzzfeed, Penguin Random House, and Huffpost.

To help fund racial justice you can donate to one or more of the following:

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund (Official GoFundMe to support Floyd’s Family)
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund (Community-based nonprofit that pays criminal bail & immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality)
  • Black Visions Collective (A black, trans, and queer-led organizations that is committed to dismantling systems of oppression & violence, and shifting the public narrative to create transformative long-term change)
  • Reclaim the Block (Coalition that advocates for & invests in community-led safety initiatives in Minneapolis neighborhoods)
  • Campaign Zero (Online platform & organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America)
  • Unicorn Riot (Nonprofit organization that is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social & environmental issues)

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