February is Black History Month. It dates back to 1926 when it was known as Negro History Week. In 1976, it was called African American History Month and was expanded to a month when President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

These two links offer more information on the history and some current online events related to Black History Month.

Black History Month from History.com

African American History Month from African American History Month.gov                

I will post a couple times this month highlighting books in the library collection.  This first post is fiction by black authors, including newer titles (from the past 5-6 years) and then some classic titles. In a later post, I will highlight nonfiction titles relevant to black history and current racial and social justice issues.

Click the title for a catalog link for more information and to see if the book is currently available for checkout.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Call Number: Popular Books BEN. Also by Brit Bennet – The Mothers Call Number: Popular Books BEN

Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams, Call Number: Popular Books CAR

The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nahisi Coates, Call Number: Popular Books COA

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, Call Number: Popular Books GYA.  Also by Yaa Gyasi – Homegoing Call Number: 813.6 G996h

Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Call Number: Popular Books MCB

Such a Fun Age: A Novel by Kiley Reid, Call Number: Iowa City Campus Popular Books REI

The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas, Call Number: Popular Books THO. Also by Angie Thomas – On the Come Up Call Number: Popular Books THO

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead, Call Number: Popular Books WHI. Also by Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Call Number: Popular Books WHI

American Spy: A Novel by Lauren Wilkinson, Call Number: Popular Books WIL

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, Call Number: Popular Books WOO

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, Call Number Children’s Literature 813.6 D766s

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones, Call Number 813.6 J793a

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward, Call Number 813.6 W259si

Classic Fiction

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, Call Number: 813.54 B181i

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Call Number: 813.54 E47i

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Call Number: 813.52 H966t

The Bluest Eye: A Novel by Toni Morrison, Call Number: 813.54 M882b 2007

The Color Purple: A Novel by Alice Walker, Call Number: 813.54 W177c