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Black History Month: Book Recommendations

Books About Black Migration

Dreams from My Father, Barak Obama
Barracoon : the story of the last
The Warmth of Other Suns : The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
American Street
Autobiography of a people : three centuries of African American history told by those who lived it
The Promised Land : the Great Black Migration and how it Changed America
Fly away : the great African American cultural migrations
Home of the Brave
This is the Rope

Black History Month 2019: Black Migrations

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History: ASALH’s 2019 theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. Contra Costa County Libraries are proud to provide book recommendations along the Black Migrations theme.

The theme Black Migrations equally lends itself to the exploration of the century’s later decades from spatial and social perspectives, with attention to “new” African Americans because of the burgeoning African and Caribbean population in the US; Northern African Americans’ return to the South; racial suburbanization; inner-city hyperghettoization; health and environment; civil rights and protest activism; electoral politics; mass incarceration; and dynamic cultural production. 

For more information, please see this link to ASALH.ORG.



Young Adult & Graphic Novels



Classics from African American History and Literature

The mis-education of the Negro
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
My Life, My Love, My Legacy
What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Soldier: A Poet's Childhood
The Fire Next Time
The Color Purple
Black Like Us
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Arthur Ashe
Souls Grown Deep
Let My People Go