February is Black History Month and the Cuyahoga Falls Library has hundreds of resources to share. The library remains committed to developing a diverse collection, representing a wide range of perspectives. Here are a few titles to learn more about Black history in America.
Titles – Foundational Reads
- Roots / Alex Haley.
- Native son / Richard Wright ; with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad
- The bluest eye / by Toni Morrison.
- The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead.
- The warmth of other suns : the epic story of America’s great migration / Isabel Wilkerson
- The Color of Compromise : the truth about the American church’s complicity in racism / Jemar Tisby
- Their eyes were watching God : a novel / Zora Neale Hurston ; with a new foreword by Mary Helen Washington.
- The changeling : a novel / by Victor LaValle.
- Invisible man / Ralph Ellison.
- The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness / Michelle Alexander.
- I know why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou.
- Go tell it on the mountain / James Baldwin.
- How long ’til black future month? / Stories / N. K. Jemisin
- Take a hint, Dani Brown : a novel / Talia Hibbert
- Red at the Bone / Jacqueline Woodson
- The Vanishing Half / Brit Bennett
- I’m still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness / Austin Channing Brown
- Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor / Layla F. Saad
- How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi
- So you want to talk about race / Ijeoma Oluo
- Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? : and other conversations about race / Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Antiracist Baby / Ibram X. Kendi
- The Hate u Give / Angie Thomas
- Dear Martin
- All American Boys
- Opposite of Always
- Children of Blood and Bone
- Akata Witch
- 28 days : Moments in Black History that Changed the World / Charles R. Smith Jr. ;illustrated by Shane W. Evans
- The ABCs of Black History / words by Rio Cortez; pictures by Lauren Semmer
- Hand in Hand : Ten Black Men Who Changed America / by Andrea Davis Pinkney paintings by Brian Pinkney
- Little Leaders : Bold Women in Black History / Vashti Harrison
- The Undefeated / by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- What is the Civil Rights Movement? / by Sherri L. Smith ; illustrated by Tim Foley
- Young, Gifted and Black : Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present / words by Jamia Wilson illustrated by Andrea Pippins
- Cool Cuts / written & illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe
- A Girl Like Me- Angela Johnson (local author-lives in Kent)
- Going Down Home with Daddy / written by Kelly Starling Lyons ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
- Hands up! / by Breanna J. McDaniel ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
- Magnificent Homespun Brown : A Celebration / written by Samara Cole Doyon ; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita
- Me & Mama / Cozbi A. Cabrera
- Overground Railroad / Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome
- Black Heroes of the Wild West / a toon graphic by James Otis Smith, introduction by Kadir Nelson
- New Kid and Class Act-Jerry Craft
- Becoming Muhammad Ali : a novel / James Patterson and Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
- Before the Ever After / Jacqueline Woodson
- Blended / Sharon M. Draper
- Genesis Begins Again / Alicia D. Williams
- King and the Dragonflies / Kacen Callender
- Loretta Little Looks Back : Three Voices Go Tell It : A Monologue Novel / by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrations by Brian Pinkney
- The Only Black Girls in Town / by Brandy Colbe
- What Lane? / Torrey Maldonado
- Southside with You
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
- The Color Purple
- Hidden Figures
- Fruitvale Station
- The Wiz
- The Queen of Katwe
- A Ballerina’s Tale
- Twelve Years a Slave
- The Great Debaters
- I Am Not Your Negro
- Malcom X
- The Tuskegee Airman
- John Lewis: Good Trouble
- The Hate U Give
- Barack Obama, Overcoming Barriers
- Heroes of Freedom. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks -Mazzarella Media
- March On! The Day my Brother Martin Changed the World– And More Stories About African American history