Black History Month

February is Black History Month and I have been thinking of some of the books I have read about Black History.

Frederick Douglass, Biography, Mustich 1000, Black History MonthSome of the books I have read are classics like Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. I have also read Passing by Nella Larsen, The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois, Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington and The Autobiography of Malcom X.

Phillis Wheatley, Shirley GrahamI have also read biographies for younger readers like The Story of Phillis Wheatley: Poetess of the American Revolution by Shirley Graham.

finding your roots, pbs, genealogy, Henry Louis GatesI have also read several companion volumes to the PBS show Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

I really enjoy watching Finding Your Roots which often covers forgotten pieces of Black History.

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, Pulitzer Hopefull, 2017I also enjoy reading Historical Fiction and a great book dealing with Black History is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

This book follows the lives of two half-sisters and their descendants from the time they were born in Ghana in the 18th century to the present. One is sold into slavery and the other is married to an Englishman in Ghana.

The book looks at the similarities and differences of living in American and in Africa during this time period.

Freedom Over Me, Ashley Bryan, Slaves, Newbery Honor BookThere are also many books about Black History among the Newbery books. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan is wonderfully illustrated and gives a glimpse into the life of eleven slaves of the Fairchilds estate.

The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander, Black HistoryOne of the Newbery Honor books for this year is about Black History.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and the text really makes you think.

I believe that it is important to read about the history of different cultures. With knowledge of the past it is easier to understand the present.

Steven

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