I generally don’t say much about Black History Month because I figure it’s a time for me to shut up and listen. But on the subject of shutting up and listening, I figured I’d share a my black history reading list. Hot take: white folks who aren’t at least familiar with the titles and authors on this list probably don’t know enough about black history and experience to be talking about it.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B duBois
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Why We Can’t Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King jr.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Papers or anything by Bethune
My Grandfather’s Son by Clarence Thomas
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
If you can, start reading these or other book about black history and experience by black authors. If not, at least take some time to Google the titles and authors you aren’t familiar with and read a bit about them and their work.