Are you book lover and avid reader? Are into Black History or want to learn more about it for yourself? Below are a few Black History stories that everyone should know about all year around, not just in February.
Seven Sisters and a Brother: Friendship, Resistance, and Untold Truths Behind Black Student Activism in the 1960s by Marilyn Allman Maye, Harold S Buchanan, Jannette O. Domingo, Joyce Frisby Baynes, Marilyn Holifield, Myra E. Rose, Bridget Van Gronigen Warren, and Aundrea White Kelley
Seven Sisters and a Brother chronicles the historical eight-day sit-in at Swarthmore College that protested the decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at the school and demanded a Black Studies curriculum. This collective narrative provides a very necessary and overdue retelling of the revolution that took place at Swarthmore College in 1969, combatting past negative and inaccurate media coverage. The group of eight student protestors has only recently begun to receive credit for the school’s greater inclusiveness, as well as the positive influence their actions had on universities around the country. Written by the students themselves, this book includes the untold stories about the authors’ family backgrounds and their experiences as student activists. The authors share how friendships, out-of-the-box alliances, and a commitment to moral integrity strengthened them to push through and remain resilient in the face of adversity. View this book on Amazon!
Black Man on the Titanic: The Story of Joseph Laroche by Serge Bilé
Joseph Laroche was an anomaly among the passengers of the Titanic. He was exceptionally well-educated in a time when few black men had access to an education―and when even fewer were able to travel on a luxurious ship in first or second class. Who was Joseph Laroche? Where was he going, and what was his story?
Black Man on the Titanic recounts the life of this man, his part in the history of Haiti, and how he, as a 24-year-old father of two (soon to be three) children, ended up on the last ship of that era of glamourous travel. Ivorian-French writer Serge Bilé is the author of this fresh perspective on the tragedy that still fascinates millions and has inspired dozens of history books. With thorough research in Haiti and France, Bilé unearths the story of the intriguing figure of Joseph Laroche. This is a story of multi-cultural black history and of the political and natural forces that converged on one man. View this book on Amazon!
Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens by M.J. Fievre
Finding the courage to live as you are is not easy, but Badass Black Girl is here to help. Here’s a journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, self-motivation, and positive self-awareness. This journal celebrates girl power and honors the strength and spirit of black girls. Explore the many facets of your identity through hundreds of big and small questions. Author MJ Fievre tackles topics such as family and friends, school and careers, body image, and stereotypes in this journal designed for teenage girls. By reflecting on these topics, readers confront the issues that can hold them back from living their lives. View this book on Amazon!
The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists and Afro-Futurists by Monique L. Jones
We’re all familiar with a handful of African Americans who are mentioned in American history books, but there are countless others who do not get recognized in mainstream media. Their actions may not have appeared to shake the world, but their contributions to shifting American culture were groundbreaking. The achievements of the Black Americans included in The Book of Awesome Black Americans range from athletic to artistic, literary to scientific. Their biographies vary greatly, but each one contributes to the course of Black history and its influence on the greater world. Their stories encourage readers, especially teenage boys and girls, to find their own path to change. Monique L. Jones’s The Book of Awesome Black Americans is more than a Black history book. It’s a celebration of Black people. View this book on Amazon!
Notoriously Dapper by Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis, founder of body-positive menswear blog Notoriously Dapper, has brought us a book of the same name full of expertise and experience for young men everywhere. From wedding etiquette to all-around decency and dignity, this book is a treasury of information. Davis covers all the bases, including dating how-tos (hint, pulling up and waiting for them in your car is wrong), social skills, and etiquette for all occasions. He even counsels on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work, or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for the modern gentleman seeking to build body positivity and essential life skills. View this book on Amazon!
Happy, Okay?: Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival by M.J. Fievre
Paloma is faking it. On the outside, she’s A-Okay. She’s electrified at work, there is a cadence in her step as she walks her dog, she posts memes on Facebook, and she keeps up with most relationships. Looks can be deceiving, however. Inside, Paloma is just going through the motions, and she feels like things are spiraling out of control. But when things are at their darkest, dawn arrives with clarity and focus, and with it, healing. Paloma learns to value small glimmering moments of joy rather than searching for constant happiness, thus building hope for her future.
Happy, Okay? is not simply a narrative spun in verse by a masterful poet. It is an invitation to readers to shake off the stigma and silence of mental illness and find strength in the only voice that matters: your own. View this book on Amazon!
The Gift of Crisis: How I Used Meditation to Go From Financial Failure to a Life of Purpose by Bridgitte Jackson Buckley
During the 2008 Recession, Bridgitte Jackson Buckley was one of millions affected by job loss and foreclosure. Many of these people internalized the outer events as a negative reflection of their personal capacities without taking a deeper look at the crisis as a potential underlying catalyst. In The Gift of Crisis, Bridgitte shows you how to explore crisis as a tool for courageous change, regaining your self-esteem with self-love and self-compassion. It was through experiences of prolonged financial crisis that Bridgitte realized she subconsciously co-created experiences that felt so bad that the only place she could go was within―exactly where she needed to go. In The Gift of Crisis, you will discover how helpful going within and retaking control can be for you, too. For women and men who are sincerely interested in spiritual growth, yet find it difficult to make “mental room” to dedicate to such growth due to personal distractions, this inspirational book will demonstrate the practical manner in which meditation and prayer can assist during any type of crisis as a means of reaching for a calmer, clearer, more courageous and purposeful life. View this book on Amazon!
The Academic Hustle: The Ultimate Game Plan for Scholarships, Internships, and Job Offers by Matthew Pigatt
The Academic Hustle tells the story of Matthew Pigatt and his transformation from a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College. Matthew uses his journey of entering college on academic probation and covering all tuition with loans—to securing over $100,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and awards—as a springboard for a detailed, step-by-step guide to academic and career achievement. The Academic Hustle gives a personal accounting of strategies uncovered while conducting research on high achievers. Through this experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that has been replicated by hundreds of other students to secure millions in funding for their career development. In this book, you’ll learn how to develop a plan for your career, find and apply for scholarships, win awards and be recognized, cultivate a network for success, master time and manage money, develop an impressive résumé, and much more. The Academic Hustle is a perfect gift for new and aspiring college students. View this book on Amazon!
Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day by Ty Alexander
While she was in her early 20’s, reality smacked author and well-known blogger Ty Alexander in the face—her mom got sick. Ty was ill equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual rollercoaster that came with her mom’s illness. Through her own trial and error, she found a way to be a caregiver, patient advocate, researcher, and eventually, a grieving daughter. The pain of loss may be universal, but we all grieve differently. For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her readers on a deeply emotional level in her debut book, Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow. She wrote this book to help others find their “best” way to cope and move on, however one personally decides what that means. View this book on Amazon!
The Boyfriend Book by Michael Reid
300 women sat down with Mike, and after three hours, 299 of them agreed that they never wanted a boyfriend again. The Boyfriend Book tells you why.
Before you open this book, ask yourself: Where am I now? What are my struggles? What sort of pain do I carry? What parts of myself have I lost? Then, figure out where you want to be. This book will get you there. The possibilities for rebirth and reinvention are endless—but it’s ultimately up to you to make it all happen. This book will help you find a way to go forward—to concentrate on yourself. Read it slow. Plant the seed. Let it grow.
The Boyfriend Book is a gripping collection of short stories, thoughts and poems from inspirational media influencer Just Mike The Poet. View this book on Amazon!
Dear Woman by Michael E. Reid
You must wear your crown at all times. If you were waiting on someone to give it to you, Dear Woman is here to inform you that you can give it to yourself. Every woman is a queen, especially you. Put your crown on and get ready to rule. Dear Woman has everything—quotes, letters, short stories, and poems to educate, motivate, encourage, and provide a little tough love. This open letter is just as multi-faceted and inspirational as you are. Michael E. Reid wrote this book because he wants nothing more than for you to be the best woman possible, regardless of circumstance. This is more than a self-help book, more than just relationship advice for women—though it does include both of those things. No, this inspirational open letter, full of poetry and wisdom, is life advice just for you. You are an amazing woman. Deep down, you know that. Dear Woman isn’t here to tell you that you need to improve. Rather, it’s here to tell you that you can be your true self—for yourself. This is the life advice you need, because you deserve to thrive for no other reason than the fact that you are a woman. View this book on Amazon!
Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America by Karen Arrington
If you’re feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success can mean for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. Karen Arrington―founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting your next level life. With the seven simple rules, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve. Your Next Level Life is a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women. View this book on Amazon!