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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, which is the annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.  I already touched on this topic on January 18 (Martin Luther King Day) when I listed 50 titles that address racism.  Any of these books would be appropriate reads, I think.

Some quick research has led me to a number of sites which suggest other books as possible reads for this month.  Here are the two sites which I liked.  Unlike the list I compiled earlier, these focus on more recent releases:

http://time.com/4195123/essence-books-black-history-month/  - One of the books recommended is The Illegal by Lawrence Hill which I reviewed on September 19.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/2015/02/10-books-to-read-during-black-history-month.html - This site suggests Black History month books written by Canadians. 

I also came across this interesting site:  http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/.  It focuses on books written by African writers, all being published for the first time in the U.S. during 2016.  These do not fit the theme of Black History, but I think we need to read more international authors, and African writers probably receive least attention from North American readers.