Black History Month Reading List

It’s no secret that The Curatours appreciates the power of words — they permeate everything we do on this site and everywhere else in our lives. So while it’s quick and easy to be reminded of black history through a funny tweet or a powerful quote, long-form works offer context to the complicated but beautiful history of blackness in America. No medium captures this better than literature.


Below are some recommendations, borrowed from a Facebook post by Paige Poupart, friend of The Curatours. The first nine are her suggestions, and those that follow were offered by commenters. These books run the gamut: autobiographies of major black history figures; a novel about life in Nigeria; the historical backdrop of recent vigilante and police violence against unarmed black Americans. Together, these works put into perspective the tangled web of experiences, both personal and universal, that define the black experience. Read, enjoy and feel free to offer other suggestions. We hope this list will continue to grow all year long. #CuratOurHistory

The Autobiography of Malcolm X — Alex Haley

Assata: An Autobiography — Assata Shakur

Sister of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery — Bell Hooks

The Miseducation of the Negro — Carter G. Woodson

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson — George Jackson

Revolutionary Suicide — Huey P. Newton

The Fire Next Time — James Baldwin

The Souls of Black Folk — W. E. B. DuBois

Between The World and Me — Ta’Nehisi Coates

Blood Done Sign My Name — Timothy B. Tyson

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass — Frederick Douglass

Invisible Man — Ralph Ellison

The Spook Who Sat By The Door — Sam Greenlee

Caucasia — Danzy Senna

Nobody — Marc Lamont Hill

The New Jim Crow — Michelle Alexander

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano — Olaudah Equiano

Things Fall Apart — Chinua Achebe

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