5 books that embrace our history & our love in 2017

5 books that embrace our history & our love in 2017

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Education doesn't just happen within the confines of school.  Reading is how you learn, grow and feed your brain.  Through books you are transported to different times, different experiences.  A good book changes you.  Here are the books by Black Authors we're looking forward to reading in 2017.  They celebrate US and our stories are unapologetic; from fiction to nonfiction to love stories and graphic novels.

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden

Publication: January 2017

A children's book, Pathfinders gives 16 minibiographies of not-so-well-known Black women and men who made great impact on the world.  With the release in January, it's right on time to grab for your kids for Black History Month; so they can learn there are more great contributors than Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks (respectively).

61Over the centuries

The book examines the lives of:

• Venture Smith, prince • James Forten, entrepreneur • Richard Potter, magician • James McCune Smith, physician • Mary Bowser, spy • Allen Allensworth, town founder • Clara Brown, pioneer • Sissieretta Jones, concert singer • Maggie Lena Walker, bank founder • Charlie Wiggins, race car driver • Eugene Bullard, combat pilot • Oscar Micheaux, filmmaker • Jackie Ormes, cartoonist • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, economist and attorney • Paul R. Williams, architect • Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, mathematician

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks by Angela Jackson

Publication: May 2017

125A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks

Don’t Believe The Hype: Still Fighting Cultural Misinformation about African Americans by Farai Chideya

Publication: August 2017

A follow up to Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans.

174Chideya returns to seminal text

Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present) by Barbara Ransby

Publication: February 2017



An in-depth study of the events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement and where it's going.

243Black Lives Matter appeared to burst onto the national political landscape out of thin air. However

Roads, Where There Are No Roads: A Novel by Angela Jackson

Publication: April 2017

The sequel to Where I Must Go, Roads explores love in all facets- romantic, familial and love of community.

318In this highly anticipated sequel to her acclaimed first novel

While there are many more, these are what we're looking most forward to in 2017.  What are your recommendations?

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