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Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated annually to recognize the struggles and achievements by generations of African Americans in United States history.  “Negro History Week” was created in 1926 by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and expanded to Black History Month in 1976, with President Gerald Ford urging the public to “seize every opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” 

Here is a list of must-read books to help you celebrate, no matter your age.  If you see something you'd like to read, click on the image to check FSPL's online catalog for availability.  The library also has a What to Read Next: Black History Month video you can watch.

Children's Books


"A Place to Land" cover
"Before She Was Harriet" cover
"Brown Girl Dreaming" Cover
"This Is Your Time" cover
"I Am Enough" cover
"Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History" cover
"Mae Among the Star" cover
"Preaching to the Chickens" cover
Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry
"Hair Love" cover
Cover of "Bad News for Outlaws"

Young Adult Books

"Thing Fall Apart" cover
"The Hate U Give" cover
"Dear Martin" cover
"The Color Purple" cover


Adult Books

"Sing, Unburied, Sing" cover
"Underground Railroad" cover
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" cover
"Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" cover
"Born a Crime" cover
"Becoming" cover
"Between the World and Me" cover
"Beloved" cover
Americanah book cover
"Hidden Figures" cover


Also available: 

Celebrate Black History Month with Concrete Rose on our Teen Blog

Celebrate Black History Month with Matia on our Kids' Blog