I’m a sucker for books.
I am a sucker for books that allow me to engage with, and be more intellectually informed, about my multicultural identity.
I am a sucker for books that teach me a perspective of history that they failed to introduce me to in my high school classroom.
I am a sucker for books that transport me to a world that I know I can only go to through the words of a page.
I am a sucker for books that reveal the multiple layers of human complexity and experience.
I am a sucker for books that legitimize and validate my experience as a black person in the world.
Here are books that I think every black, conscious and critical person should read. I have read most of them entirerly, have read parts of some of them, and one or two always come highly recommended.
Would love to hear your thoughts on some of these books, if you have read them.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black by bell hooks
This Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Dreams From My Father, Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
I’ve included 5 extra books:
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Democracy Matters by Cornel West
Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill Collins
-Unravel Away Artist-