Black History Month Reading from a Super White Book Lover

So yes, I know that someone as white as I am might not be your first go-to for recommendations for Black History month reads. Mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply books that I’ve found educational, inspiring and/or convicting.

Check out these books at your locally-owned bookstore. If you are near one of these Black-owned bookstores, be sure and patronize them as you build you expand your reading.

Great Books to Read Aloud

When Harriet met Sojourner takes you through both women’s lives (using some amazing art) and imagines a time when the women met.

This book tells of how Ruth and her family used the Green Book to find safe spaces as they travel through the country.


This novel is mystery, family drama, crime noir, morality play and a story of race and power all rolled into one.

Y’all. This book is SO good. Twins separate as teens and lead very different lives. This book has it all: race, gender, class and family.

This is such a beautifully written book about a slave’s journey on the Underground Railroad. Keep the tissues handy.


I have been fascinated by the story of Claudette Colvin every since I heard an African-American storyteller tell her story when I was a teenager. If you don’t know this name, you need to read this book.

If you want to be a better ally, this is the book for you.
It gives you anecdotes, questions to ponder and actual steps to take.

Happy reading during this Black History Month!

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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