Some books I love for Black History Month

February is Black History Month. I get that someone as white as I am may not be the best resource for books to read for Black History Month. This is by no means some definitive guide to Black History in America. Nor are these books I’ve read specifically to educate myself on anti-racism or books on Black liberation or womanist theology (those will come in subsequent lists).

I just thought I’d share some books by Black authors and about Black people that I have really loved. Perhaps you’ll find you love them, too.

Hallelujah: the welcome table. A lifetime of memories with recipes.

I love the stories AND the recipes in this book.

For early elementary age, you can’t beat this book about Sojourner Truth and how her Step-Stomp Stride changed the world.

Before becoming a Hollywood director, Gordon Parks got ahold of a camera and changed the way the world looked at Black and White. For kids of all ages.

The story of a young bi-racial girl who, after a family tragedy, is thrust into a new community where she has to struggle with issues of race and class. The book won the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

This book made me laugh so hard and clued me in on so many things that women of color have to deal with that I never even imagined.

What are some of your favorite books by Black authors? Share in the comments so we can enjoy them, too.

Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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