7 Black History Month Book Recommendations

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The origin of the Black History Month dates back to 1926. Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be ‘Negro History Week’. It coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. According to Woodson, the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race. Thus, he inspired schools and communities to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. The week soon evolved into a month and every US President has celebrated it ever since 1976. Read more about Black History Month Here.

If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

7. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Beloved is to classics, what The Hate U Give is to YA. Starr witnesses the murder of her unarmed friend Khalid at the hands of a police officer. This is an image I still can’t get out of my head. Reading this book was my first experience of feeling ‘woke’ to the atrocities committed against disadvantaged groups in our society. It’s a must-read for everyone! Angie Thomas has two other books which you can dive into – On The Come Up and Concrete Rose.

7 Black History Month Book Recommendations
The Hate U Give

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