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Trent Smiley's "Black History Month" book list

Posted: 11:03 AM, Jan 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-12 10:11:12-05

Black History Month is fast approaching and as always February will be spent highlighting African American leaders throughout.

To give you a jumpstart, Trent Smiley, marketing and communications director of the Capital Area District Libraries, suggests a reading list which highlights the African American experience. 

For adults: 

  • Jam on the Vine by LaShonda K. Barnett
  • Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement by Premilla Nadasen
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
  • The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood by Kevin Powell 
  • Negroland by Margo Jefferson
  • March, Books 1 and 2 by John Lewis 
  • Picturing Frederick Douglass: Am Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American by John Stauffer
  • Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America by Wil Haygood
  • Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green

For youth: 

  • The Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Take about Harriet Tubman by Nathan Hale 
  • 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr. 
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua Holmes
  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton
  • Frederick's Journey: The Life Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport
  • Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
  • Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon