My favorite books celebrating Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, I am sharing just a few of my favorite books that celebrate the achievements of black Americans and  recognize the role of African Americans in U.S. history.



I was not expecting this book to be so amazing! It has gorgeous illustrations, historic photographs, and copies of unbelievable documents and quotes that show the laws and thoughts of that time period that were against interracial marriages. The book touches on the segregation of schools in the U.S. at the time but it’s main focus is on Richard and Mildred Loving and their fight to have their marriage legal in the state of Virginia. I was flabbergasted at the way they were treated. They married in Washington D.C. but once they crossed the line into Virginia, they were outlaws. The story is written in verse form and the illustrations and photographs are intermixed throughout.

There was a movie recently based on the Loving vs. Virginia case.  It was simply called Loving.  Click  HERE to see a clip of the movie.



Book Blurb by Goodreads

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.



Book Blurb by Goodreads

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

This too was recently a movie and it was excellent!  Click HERE  to see a clip.



Book Blurb by Goodreads

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.



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The inspiring true story of Lopez Lomong, a Sudanese “lost boy” who achieved his dream of?becoming an American citizen and Olympic athlete.He was abducted. He was beaten. And he was nearly forced to become a boy solider in his war-torn homeland, Sudan. But he escaped in the night, ran three days, and was taken into a refugee camp in Kenya. He never owned a pair of shoes. He never owned a pen?or paper and did schoolwork in the dust with his fingertips. His boyhood was the daily struggle of an orphan, and each day he would run an eighteen-mile lap around the refugee camp just to play a game of soccer. In his wildest dreams, Lopez Lomong couldn’t even conceive that Nike would one day be his official sponsor, that he would graduate from college, and that he would represent his new home and bear the American flag in the Summer Olympics.Running for My Life is Lopez Lomong’s harrowing story of loss, overcoming, triumph, and redemption. It is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a Sudanese lost boy who became an American citizen and Olympic athlete. His life is a powerful picture of the fact that we can overcome, that what seems out of reach is within our grasp if we’d believe and if we’d only try.


8 thoughts on “My favorite books celebrating Black History Month

  1. La La in the Library says:

    I need to read Loving Vs. Virginia! I knew about the movie (which I have not seen yet), but had no clue it was a book. Sebastian’s great-grandparents had an interracial marriage in the late 1940s, and his great-grandmother’s family disowned her. When we were at the wake for her funeral they all showed up. Baz was six and he was used to being one of the only white skinned people at his father’s side of the family’s get togethers, so he said loudly, when we walked into the house, “Where did all these white people come from?” It’s too bad that they couldn’t have come to their senses before she died.

    I loved Brown Girl Dreaming. I have the audiobook with the author narrating. I also loved Hidden Figures. I have One Crazy Summer and its sequel to read. I hope the read them this summer. I will definitely he checking out Running For My Life. Thanks for the heads up about it. 🙂

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  2. asreadbytina says:

    I had gotten an eARC of loving vs Virginia but I didn’t realize it was one of those that expires on adobe so I didn’t get to read it. I haven’t seen many talk about it but I hope I can get the library to get a physical copy of it, I’m sure it’s better then a ebook. Thanks for the refs too! I added some to my TBR.

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