Black History 365: 10 Essential Reads For The Culture

Brittany is a journalist for CNN, and is passionate about storytelling. If she's not on a flight headed to a new adventure, she can be found at brunch or with her head in a book.


For Black History Month, we have compiled a list of transformative works that recognizes the groundbreaking contributions black writers have made. Encompassing contemporary and classic literature, this list provides you with books that will inspire, educate, and encourage you for months to come.

 

“When They Call You A Terrorist:
A Black Lives Matter Memoir”
– Patrisee Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

Why You Should Read This:
The Black Lives Matter Movement is Our History Happening Right Now.

 

Patrisee Khan-Cullors takes readers through her lowest points and counters it with her highest hopes. It is poetic and powerful, a memoir on what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that has spread like wildfire and inspired the continued fight for justice. Memorable Quote: “Our forefathers imagined our families out of whole cloth. They imagined each individual one of us. They imagined me. It is the only way I am here, today, a mother and a wife, a community organizer and Queer.”

“Between The World and Me”
– by Ta-Nehisi Coates