An array of fiction and nonfiction books are lined on a shelf for the Black History Month Online Book Display

Celebrating Black History Month with Books and Movies

February is Black History Month, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate, reflect on, and read up on the essential contributions of the Black community at home and abroad. While we love these books and movies all year long, Black History Month is a great time to revisit an old favorite or find something new. These are just a few of the many books and movies by Black authors in our catalog.

If you’re looking for more by diverse authors, check out our Own Voices Winter Reading Challenge!

Browse and borrow the materials below by clicking the titles and placing them on hold for curbside pickup. If you’d like more information about any of these titles, call Adult Services at (423) 434-4454.


The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

How Long Til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Travelers by Regina Porter

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts



Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes what We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt 

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Berry

We Can’t Breathe by Jabari Asim 

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward 

The Radical King by Martin Luther King Jr.

Unbowed by Wangari Maathai 

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson 

Black Diamond Queens by Maureen Mahon 

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight 

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon




Get Out


If Beale Street Could Talk

Queen & Slim


I Am Not Your Negro 

Black History 


Graphic Novels

March by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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