#ReadingBlackout, A 12 month reading list

#ReadingBlackout, A 12 month reading list

Hello!  Happy Black History Month!  I know there's a lot of mixed feelings about this concept— the whole "Why just one month?" and "It's the shortest month of the year!" arguments.  Unfortunately, as with Women's History Month, without it, Black history just doesn't get taught!  I try my darndest throughout the year but, what's nice about a designated month, is that it feels special and intentional.  Without it, I know my students wouldn't get a fair exposure to Black artists and thinkers, people I may not have known about myself if it weren’t for February.  

That said, The New York Public Library and several literary magazines have announced a campaign to read Black authors for EVERY month of 2018, not just this one.  It's called #ReadingBlackout.  

A friend of mine is a librarian and shared a great reading list today, which was curated by his student for the Art Institute of Atlanta library.  I chose 6 of his 16, then added 6 of my faves, so... one for EVERY month, if you want to jump on the bandwagon.  

1.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker

2. Heat Wave, The Motown Fact Book by David Bianco (ok not sure if this is a back author, I couldn't find much info but the subject is for sure fun).

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Can’t say enough about these poems!

Can’t say enough about these poems!

12.  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Enjoy!  More celebrating Black culture in the coming month!!  

Cover photo from Man Repeller.

 

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