Book Recommendations for Black History Month


By: Kristin Bennett

Director of Library Services


Book Recommendations for Black History Month

This February celebrate black history month by taking the time to read a book by an African American author or about the African American experience. There have been several very popular books published recently that really speak about the struggle for equal rights in our nation and to the history and culture of African Americans in the United States. Here are three recommendations for materials owned by the library.


The Underground Railroad

By: Colson Whitehead

This novel, written by NY Times best selling author Colson Whitehead was not only an Oprah’s Book Club pick but also won the National Book Award for 2016. This novel follows Cora, a slave from a cotton plantation in Georgia as she attempts a terrifying escape to freedom with a fellow slave named Virginia. This novel depicts Cora harrowing journey as she is hunted from state to state in her quest to find true freedom.


March Book 3

By: John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This graphic novel, written by Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, won the Coretta Scott King award and the National Book Award for Young People in 2016. It is the conclusion of a best selling trilogy depicting the events of 1963 when African American activists lead a revolution for equality in the face of intimidation and violence.


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

By: Margot Lee Shetterly

This New York Times Best Selling book tells the story of four African American women who worked at Langley’s all black West Computing Group and how they contributed to some of NASA’s greatest successes. This book has been adapted into a popular movie of the same name.