Since 1976, February has been known as Black History month to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in U. S. history. This year’s book display focuses on books by or about African-Americans that have been published since 2016. Some titles will be easily recognizable like The Hate U Give and Hidden Figures. But some will be new to you!
Books for young readers: Do you know about Strange Fruit, the protest song that Billie Holiday made famous? There’s a children’s book tracing its history and impact. Radiant Child is an illustrated biography about Jean-Michel Basquiat, the modern artist specializing in collage. Then there is Youngest Marcher, about nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest person to ever be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham Alabama in 1963.
Nonfiction: George Washington owned slaves and one got away. Read about it in Never Caught. A WWII battalion of African-American soldiers were never recorded in the official casualty list and how that change? Read Lost Eleven. Interested in eyewitness accounts? Here’s Voice of Civil Rights Lawyers and their attempt to represent their clients in a biased system.
Remember when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married? Power of Love is a book of meditations by Bishop Michael Curry, the bishop who spoke at their wedding. If memoir is your thing, take a look at Ordinary Light by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Tracy K Smith as she describes her relationship with her mother.
Fiction: There are some of the top award nominees and winners in this collection of fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is called “a ghost story about real struggles.” Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi traces three hundred years in Ghana but manages to become a truly great American novel.
Come by and browse through our Black History Month selections.