Educating ourselves on the racial discrimination that occurs in our country is another way we can support the Black Lives Matter Movement. A good way to start educating yourself is by listening to the stories of those who have actually lived it. Therefore, here is a list of my favorite books by Black authors who address the hardships that they have experienced.
More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth
The author, Elaine Welteroth, retells her life as a bi-racial teen growing up in California. The former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief describes the challenges she faced as a young black woman who dreamed of becoming a journalist.
Becoming – Michelle Obama
In this memoir, Michelle Obama recounts the many life experiences that made her who she is today. Her inspiring story covers all the ups and downs in her life, from her childhood in Chicago to her role as First Lady. This book is an uplifting and emotional life story of one of America’s most iconic women.
Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
This powerful novel by Akweaeke Emezi tells the story of a young Nigerian girl named Ada. From the time Ada is born, she struggles with mental illness and develops multiple versions of herself. Some of these versions are aggressive and protective in nature. These versions are brought to the forefront of Ada’s personality after she experiences a very traumatic event while away at college in America.
How We Fight for our Lives – Saeed Jones (ALSOOOOOO PRIDE 🏳️🌈)
This incredibly moving and transparent memoir explores the trials and tribulations of a young, Black, gay man growing up in the South. The author takes readers on a journey while he tries to find his sense of belonging within his personal life and within society. This book ultimately challenges readers to analyze how we become who we are on a deeper level.
The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
This critically acclaimed novel was made into a film in 2018. It tells the story of a young girl named Starr Carter, who witnesses the killing of her childhood friend. Her unarmed friend was fatally shot by the police and Starr is the only witness. As many people begin to form their own opinion on what really happened, Starr realizes that she must choose either to be silent or tell the truth. This novel holds up a mirror to society and urges readers not to let fear get in the way of using their voices.
Being able to see someone else’s experiences through their eyes, helps us to come together and develop unity within our society.
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