Black Lives Matter is still going in rage. Till the problems of black lives all around the world are addressed and solved, it will continue. For the world to be able to help them, it needs to understand them, first. Books are the best way to get an insight into the lives of Africans and African-Americans. TRB has, therefore, compiled a list of best books by black authors that outline the struggles and day to day lives of African people residing in America and other parts of the world. They will not only help you get a perspective on their current situation but also help their cause.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas took the world by storm with her heartfelt and gut-wrenching book The Hate U Give in 2017. Her recent addition to our to-be-read book pile is On the Come Up in which we follow the story of an underground rapper’s daughter, Bri. Bri wants to make it big in the rap world. But her father is no more, and now, her mother has lost her job. Will Bri realize her dreams while managing with the adversities that have hit her life like a storm? Read the book to know.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano was one of the first slaves to pen down an autobiography. As such, the book is considered a classic in Black History in the western world. The book details the experiences of an eleven-year-old boy who was kidnapped and sold to slavery. This autobiography will give you a detailed account of the slavery system and the 18th Century society. The incidents and spiritual anecdotes that Olaudah Equiano delivers will touch your soul and leave you flabbergasted.
This is My America by Kim Johnson
The hardest fact to fathom is that the democratic justice system, which was designed to maintain equality among the people of the country, is so unjust. This hard-to-swallow pill of a book talks about Tracy, a seventeen-year-old trying with all her might to save her father from death row. This Young Adult novel, with its simple words and relatively short length, will take you through the reality of African American people and the justice served to them. The book will fly by and leave you with deep rage and understanding.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America, Edited by Ibi Zoboi
Can you imagine a world so infused with racism and judgments that it does not even spare the kids? Black Enough is an anthology of short stories written by black teens of America, detailing their struggles and fears of living in a country that never seems to accept them completely. The authors try to find their way back to their roots when it is easier to leave them behind. The stories that are threaded in this wonderful anthology are as different and unique as the writers who have penned them.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
If science fiction is your cup of tea, then Kindred will be the perfect pick for you. Though the book was published in the late 80s and set in 1976, the aim and theme are relevant and relatable even today. We watch Dana, an African American writer, who is sucked into the past involuntarily. During such episodes, she interacts with a white boy, Rufus. The book has elements such as historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction that is sure to suck you in its whirlwind.
There are thousands and thousands of books by black authors that deserve all the love and appreciation in the world. They have a compelling story, great characters, and great writing. What they lack is promotion. You can find some black authors on this page. By boosting the hard work of black authors, we can provide them with the appreciation that they deserve. Comment down below other books by black writers that you read and loved.