Read a Book for Black History Month
While February is the known for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, and Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, it’s also Black History Month. We have a few books, written by people of color, for you to check out.
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr., Shane W. Evans: From a Goodreads review: “Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.”
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: From a Goodreads review: Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
“Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom. Pecola's life does change- in painful, devastating ways. What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons's most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.”
For additional books to read for Black History Month, check out Popular Black History Month Books and Books by People of Color. So, get a book and cozy up in your favorite reading spot in your apartment and read up on some history today. The Southeast Regional Library serving Gilbert, AZ residents is a great resource for acquiring some of these books to read — plus so much more; stop by and see what they have to offer. We hope you have a great rest of the month in the Liv Northgate community.