6 Works of Literature to Read by Black Authors

If you would like to read a highlights from these works, excerpts are linked in the picture captions.

The Hill We Climb On

Recently, appointed the National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Forman delivered the inaugural poem at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. While her new poetry collection will be available on September, 2021, you can read or re-listen to her work linked below.

Listen or Read: The Hill We Climb On

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun is a fictional retelling of the Nigerian-Biafran War (1967 – 1970) through the view points of several interconnected characters. The book highlights themes like post-colonialism identity, class, female empowerment, and the atrocities of war.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is a comedic series of essays about her messy life experiences. You’ll learn about her judgmental cat, awkward sexual encounters, Costco shenanigans, and more in essays like “Feelings are a mistake”, “Yo, I need a job”, and “A case for remaining indoors”.

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns is a historical account of the Great Migration of 6 million Africans Americans who left the South and Midwest during 1915 to 1970. The book follows the lives of three individuals as they began and endured their journeys, transformed cities, and built new lives. To write this, Wilkerson drew on a thousand interviews, data, and official records to tie together these stories.

The City We Became

The City We Became is a 2020 Urban Fantasy novel following the superpowered avatars of New York City’s boroughs as they come together to save the city’s soul from Lovecraftian terrors. Jemisin explores the importance of connecting communities in the fight against the overarching Enemy of gentrification, white supremacy, and police brutality.

Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid is a 2007 nonfiction book that details the 400-year history of medical experimentation on African Americans. The book details how racist pseudoscience was used to justice unethical and damaging treatment.

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