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We're celebrating Black History Month this February with a great selection of books, graphic novels, and videos. Click on each of these books for more information and to find them in our catalog!

Many thanks to Robyn Reed (chair) and the Outreach Committee for their selections!


When They Call You a Terrorist

A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while calling for essential political changes.

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My Soul to Keep

The first novel in the African Immortals series, My Soul to Keep follows Jessica as her life is turned inside out by the realization that her husband is part of an Ethiopian immortality cult and over 400 years old.

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Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black music Philosophy

In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness."

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Giovanni’s Room

Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni.

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Yellow Wife

Born on a plantation but set apart from the others by her mother's position as a medicine woman, a young slave is forced to leave home at eighteen and unexpectedly finds herself in an infamously cruel jail.

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Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

In this book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

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Black Girl in Suburbia (2017)

For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground, and living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating. BLACK GIRL IN SUBURBIA looks at the suburbs of America from the perspective of women of color.

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Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, HORROR NOIRE traces a secret history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre.

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