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Why I Love Black History Month & 5 Books on Black History You Must Read This Year


I have not always loved black history month. I thought it felt …false. Black people are woven into every American story. From revolutionaries like Crispus Attucks in the 1700s to Barack Obama today – you cannot have the country we have without them. So the idea that we have just a month to celebrate these great and brave Americans feels marginalizing. While I still feel like it would be better to have black history intertwined into American story all year, now that I am older I have come to accept and enjoy it.

Black History Month (BHM) is a time where I delve into a history I am both familiar with and surprised by. There is so much to explore, I spent one BHM just reading about black women and another researching well-known figures to gain a truer knowledge of them. The history books have missed so many of the stories of all kinds of Americans – it’s an honor now to take the month to surprise and delight myself in a history about myself and people I love. If you are looking to do the same, here are some great places to start:

Books on People and Race:

Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson  

Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

For Movies, PBS does it the best!

Click Here, to find 10 Must Watch Black History Documentaries.



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