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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

9 Books to Read for Black History Month

“For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard.” -James Baldwin (Sonny’s Blues)

February is here, and we’re a little excited about all the options available to commemorate Black History Month in this area! Start by checking out one of the Black History programs offered at library branches around Fairfax County. You can also explore a Smithsonian Museum Black History Heritage Month event,  tour the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, or pick up a same-day ticket to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Catch one of the many films by black actors and creative artists nominated for an Academy Award this year. Then round off your cultural experiences with a book. If you haven't already read Colson Whitehead's 2016 National Book Award Winner, Underground Railroad, that is a great place to start. Browse our collection of African-American history for more options or try one of our suggestions below.


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Imagine life today if Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated on the way to his inauguration.

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Author and social critic James Baldwin is the subject of Raoul Peck’s riveting new documentary, I Am Not Your Negro.
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This true story of female NASA mathematicians is the basis for the award-winning film.
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Stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson  authors a sharp-witted collection of essays.
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Nikki Grimes pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance with her poetry and artwork from leading African-American illustrators.
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This family saga traces the descendants of two sisters, separated by slavery, through seven generations.
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Relive the civil rights movement with Representative John Lewis’s award-winning graphic novel series March.   
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This compassionate debut novel follows  the troubled lives of three young people from a African-American community in Southern Californian.
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Experience the complex hopes and dreams of one family living in  East Detroit in this National Book Award finalist.
-Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library

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