Celebrating Black History Month!

February 2nd, 2022 – Kayla Thompson, Adult Services

It is important to remember when celebrating people, their life experiences, and their cultures that we aren’t limiting it to just one day, one week, one month a year. Our differences and uniqueness should be celebrated all the time. It is, however, still important to recognize these times of the year and lift up our community and its members.

A Little Bit of History:

February is Black History Month. According to the History.com website, Black History month started in the year 1915 when the historian Carter G. Woodson teamed up with the minister Jesse E. Moorland to establish the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Today this organization is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926 this organization dedicated a week (usually the second week) out of the month of February to celebrate National Negro History week which, according to africanamericanhistorymonth.gov, was changed to a month-long celebration in 1976. We now celebrate February as Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month) to honor and recognize the importance of Black history in the history of America. 

Below are some newer and/or upcoming titles by black and African American authors. Some of these you can find here at the library and some of them haven’t been released yet. If there is anything on this list that we don’t have that you would like to put in a request for, please either visit us here at the Cape Girardeau Public Library or online here. This list is just a short list of some of the titles here at the library and not at all a complete list of the works we have. We hope that you all find something to read and enjoy during this month as we celebrate Black History both now and always.

Adult Fiction:
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Harris (2021)
The Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (2021)
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (2021)
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (2021)
Seven Days in June by Tiya Williams (2021)
While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams (2021)
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb (On Order, 2022)
Nobody’s Magic by Destiny Birdsong (On Order, 2022)
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (April, 2022)
Memphis by Tara Stringfellow (April, 2022)
Something Good by Vanessa Miller (March, 2022)

Adult Nonfiction:
You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston (2022)
This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown by Taylor Harris (2022)
The Black Joke: the True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade by A.E. Rooks (2022)
Just Pursuit: a Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness by Laura Coates (2022)
All That She Carried: the Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles (2021)
Black Health Matters: the Vital Facts You Must Know to Protect Your Health and That of Your Loved Ones by Richard Walker (2021)
Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays by Phoebe Robinson (2021)
You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories by Gabrielle Union (2021)
Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom by Tabitha Brown (2021)
She Memes Well by Quinta Brunson (2021)
Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology by Tamika Hall (On Order, 2022)

Young Adult Fiction:
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (2021)
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (2021)
Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds (2021)
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (2021)
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by  Roseanne A. Brown (2021)
White Smoke by Tiffany Jackson (2021)
The Chosen One by Echo Brown (2022)
Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi (2022)
Okoye to the People by Ibi Zoboi (2022)
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye (2022)
The Kindred by Alechia Dow (2022)
One True Loves by Elise Bryant (2022)

Young Adult Nonfiction:
You Got This! By Maya S. Penn (2021)
She Came to Slay: the Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2021)
The Black Friend: on Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph (2021)
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Hip-Hop History by Jeff Chang and Dave Cook (2021)
Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (2020)
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir Manifesto by George Johnson (2020)
How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiymana (2020)

Juvenile Fiction:
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (2021)
Black Boy Joy Kwame Mbalia (2021)
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia (2021)
Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly Baptist (2021)
Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes (2021)
Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (2020)
A Song Below Water by Bethany Marrow (2020)

Juvenile Nonfiction:
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter bu Shani Mahiri King (2021)
Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid by Mikaila Ulmer (2021)
My Heart Flies Open by Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis (2021)
Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown (2021)
When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke (2021)
Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! by Veronica Chambers (2021)


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