Black History Month 2022: A Reading List

We bring to you a recommendation list of essential reads that trace the interventions and intertwining of Black lives and communities in poetry, literature, music, politics, and the academy.

Title Author Source Genre/Format
All About Love: New Visions bell hooks Non-fiction
Beloved Toni Morrison Novel / Fiction
Black and Blur Fred Moten Non-fiction
Collected Poems Robert Hayden. Edited by Rampersad and Glaysher Poetry
Guidebook to Relative Strangers: A Journey into Race, Motherhood, and History Camille Dungy Memoir/Essays
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being Christina Sharpe Non-fiction/Afropessimism
Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler Thylias Moss Poetry
Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems Yusef Komunyakaa Poetry
Redlining Culture: A Data History of Racial Inequality and Postwar Fiction Richard Jean So Non-fiction
Your Silence Will Not Protect You Audre Lorde Non-fiction
The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening Jennifer Lynn Stoever Non-fiction
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Fiction
Time's Unfading Garden: Anne Spencer's Life and Poetry Spencer and J. Lee Greene Poetry
Trophic Cascade Camille Dungy Poetry
Women, Race and Class Angela Davis Non-fiction
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