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Books to honor Black History Month

Image of Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

We honor Black History Month by exploring writers and books that look at the Black American experience and prompt us to think more deeply on the way we talk and write about history.

Host Kathryn Eident talks with Vicky Titcomb, of Titcomb's Bookshopin Sandwich, and Jessica Rudden-Dube, Executive Director of the Cotuit Library.

Vicky's list:

The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Don't Cry for Me by Daniel Black

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Recitativ by Toni Morrison

What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

And We Rise by Erica Martin

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora by Bryant Terry

Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking: A Cookbook by Toni Tipton-Martin

Other books to consider:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Jessica's list:

African Americans Voices of Triumph: Perseverance by Time-Life Custom Publishing, Editorial Board includes Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maya Angelou

And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK- An Illustrated Chronology by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

Blackout by Dhoniele Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, Illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

Learn more about the history of Black History Month in this story by NPR.

Titcomb's Bookshop has several events to celebrate Black History Month, click here to learn more.

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