Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February Is African Heritage Month!

Do you enjoy audiobooks and/or eBooks? Looking for some great nonfiction titles during African Heritage Month? Be sure to check out the following books on Sora. 

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
“Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.” Amazon

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
“Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic, beloved worldwide, which recounts a youth filled with curiosity, wonder, disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and hard-won independence.” -WorldCat

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
“The comedian traces his coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.” -WorldCat

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson
“Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need- the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinkmanship - and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.” -WorldCat

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
"The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited."--Dust jacket flap

The Audacity of Hope
by Barack Obama
“The junior senator from Illinois discusses how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can address such issues as globalization and the function of religion in public life.” -WorldCat

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X
“In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley. In a unique collaboration, Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time.” -Amazon

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
by Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. -Summary

Viola Desmond’s Canada
by Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson
“Viola Desmond’s Canada is a groundbreaking book that provides a concise overview of the narrative of the Black experience in Canada. Reynolds traces this narrative from slavery under French and British rule in the eighteenth century to the practice of racial segregation and the fight for racial equality in the twentieth century. Included are personal recollections by Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s youngest sister, together with important but previously unpublished documents and other primary sources in the history of Blacks in Canada.” -Amazon

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