Best Books for Black History Month

Get ready to deepen your understanding of Black history this February and beyond by exploring 29 amazing books written by some incredible African American authors. From insightful memoirs to groundbreaking historical accounts, these works present a powerful opportunity for reflecting on the immense contributions made by Black people in America. I've found twenty nine of the best Black History Month books that will leave you emotionally moved and intellectually stimulated.

Award-winning author Brandy Colbert is one of the black authors on this list that does a more than fair job of seeking to uncover the heartbreaking truth behind the Tulsa Race Massacre with this nonfiction, Black Birds In The Sky.

Black Birds In The Sky

Brandy Colbert

My People

Gault was the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia in 1961. Her book is an invaluable collection featuring stories from the Civil Rights Movement until America’s first elected Black president took office.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Experience the mouth-watering flavors of Florida native Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic writing, which captures the essence and heartwarming traditions that have shaped people’s dining experiences through simple recipes.

Florida Food

Zora Neale Hurston

Half American highlights the inspiring stories of Black heroes who fought to make a difference in times of war and peace. African Americans have been a vital part of the fabric of America from its inception. 

Half American

Matthew F. Delmont

Young readers looking to get a glimpse into the life of George Pruitt should check out this biographical account – an inspiring journey that illustrates why he’s become so influential today.

From Protest To President

George Pruitt

High On The Hog

Follow the incredible journey of African American cuisine and its people, told by award-winning author Jessica B. Harris in her New York Times bestseller High on The Hog, now a Netflix Original Series!

Jessica B. Harris

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