Black History Month is set aside to remember and celebrate important African-American people and the impact that they have had on history. However, no celebration would be complete without remembering those African-American authors who have impacted the world with their words that deftly address the perennial concerns of all humanity. So, I turned to our 3,000 Bibliomaniacs and asked what books written by African-American authors do you believe everyone should read. And without further ado, here are their top 10 answers.
- Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
- Kindred, by Octavia Butler
- Native Son, by Richard Wright
- Beloved, by Toni Morison
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
- Going to Meet the Man, by James Baldwin
- Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Though I have The Color Purple, The Invisible Man and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, I have to admit I have not read them yet, and I’ve been searching for Fallen Angels for months. So, it looks like I’m in for another trip to Half Price Books.
What about you? What’s your favorite book written by an African-American author?
Want to find out more about African-American authors? Check out Steve’s blog post later this month.