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Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Celebrate by reading stories and poetry by black authors, this month and year round.

If you're looking for a booklist that leans heavily into justice and racial equality, browse our Black Lives Matter Booklist!

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance By Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Stahlecker Selections) By John Murillo Cover Image
Abolition. Feminism. Now. By Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners Cover Image
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Hell of a Book: A Novel By Jason Mott Cover Image
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells By Michelle Duster Cover Image
Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism By Bell Hooks Cover Image
To Be Young, Gifted and Black By Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin (Introduction by) Cover Image
Graffiti By Pallavi Dhawan (Editor), Devi S. Laskar (Editor), Tamika Thompson (Editor) Cover Image
Nightcrawling: A novel By Leila Mottley Cover Image
Nebraska: Poems By Kwame Dawes Cover Image
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The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation By Anna Malaika Tubbs Cover Image
March: Book Two By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool By B. Gottschild Cover Image
Kamala's Way: An American Life By Dan Morain Cover Image
No More Police: A Case for Abolition By Mariame Kaba, Andrea Ritchie Cover Image

Black Lives Matter Reading List

5% of sales generated by Ampersand’s Essential Reading: Black Lives Matter is helping build the Readings on Justice collection at Rochester’s Arnett Branch Library. To date, over $400 has been raised. You are encouraged to donate and help grow the fund (select “Other” and write “Arnett Library” in the tribute field). 

Browse our Black Lives Matter reading list


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