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Black History Month 2021

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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.

Adult

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

Fiction

  • Take a hint, Dani Brown : a novel / Talia Hibbert
  • Red at the Bone / Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Vanishing Half / Brit Bennett

Anti-Racism

  • 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

Teen

  • The Hate u Give / Angie Thomas
  • Dear Martin
  • All American Boys
  • Opposite of Always
  • Children of Blood and Bone
  • Akata Witch

Children

Non-fiction:

  • 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

Picture books

  • 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

Graphic Novels

  • Black Heroes of the Wild West / a toon graphic by James Otis Smith, introduction by Kadir Nelson
  • New Kid and Class Act-Jerry Craft

Juvenile Fiction

  • 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

Movies

  • Southside with You
  • Race
  • Detroit
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Color Purple
  • Hidden Figures
  • Fruitvale Station
  • 42
  • Selma
  • Loving
  • 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
  • Fences

For kids:

  • 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

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