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Four Books to Read This Black History Month

Posted by Amoebite, January 30, 2017 03:10pm | Post a Comment

4 books to read this black history month

Celebrate Black History Month with a good read! These books don't flinch; they're powerful, motivating, and more important than ever. Our roundup includes one classic, two newer releases, and the must-read biography that inspired the Oscar-nominated picture everyone has been buzzing about; that's right, Hidden Figures. As they say, knowledge is power, so this February tuck into one of these excellent paperbacks -- maybe even surprise a friend or a family member with their own copy.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The non-fiction book that inspired the critically-acclaimed, box office-topping film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae was written by Margot Lee Shetterly, herself the daughter of a scientist at Langley Research Center. This #1 New York Times bestseller goes into vivid detail about the groundbreaking, brilliant mathematicians who changed the world through their work on the space program.

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

First published in 1965, this collaboration between legendary activist Malcolm X and journalist and Roots author Alex Haley is a hard-hitting required read. The book is based on over fifty interviews conducted by Haley between 1963 and Malcolm X's assassination in 1965. 

You Can't Touch My Hair

You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

Comedian and co-creator of the 2 Dope Queens podcast Phoebe Robinson's smart, incisive, and hilarious collection of essays is a New York Times bestseller for a reason. Robinson takes on pop culture, gender, and race in this exploration of being black and female in America today.

My Life, My Love

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

Get to know the real woman behind the civil right legend with this recently published memoir. Scott King told her story to journalist Barbara Reynolds over the course of thirty years, relating the horrors of oppression, violence, and ignorance, and delving into her husband's belief in active, peaceful resistance.

 

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