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
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 Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.