Top Reads to Wrap Up Black History Month


Gelila Negesse, Designer


The Underground Railroad By William Still is a record of personal narratives by slaves in 1872, capturing the many hardships and struggles for freedom, collected by the “father of the underground railroad’, William Still.


When I Was the Greatest By Jason Reynolds narrates the life of a young black urban teen focusing on the escalating events that land him in deep trouble. The book includes a diverse set of characters highlighting the many forgotten people in the black community.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skoot is a non-fiction book details the way the medical field took advantage of Henrietta Lacks, who was suffering from cervical cancer, to further their research while also leaving her and her family in the wind.


Highly acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of a Nigerian woman immigrating to the United States to attend university along with another perspective of a Nigerian man immigrating to the United Kingdom and the burden that comes along with them.


The classic novel written by Ralph Ellison shows the perspective of an unnamed black man, addressing the many relevant issues that black people were facing in the 20th century.


Brown Girl Dreaming By Jaqueline Woodson is a novel is set as an adolescent’s perspective following Jaqueline Woodson’s life during the civil rights movement and how that affected her family structure.