Fae Friday

Fae Friday – History Books By Black Authors

Fae Friday is an awesome new weekly post created by Kristy at Caffeinated Fae. I’m super excited to participate in this (and to have been an avid supporter of it from the beginning)! A topic is provided each week, and Kristy is so welcoming to ideas from others. If you have any ideas for topics, reach out to her through her blog or on Twitter (@caffeinatedfae).

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It’s the last Friday in February, and this week’s prompt is: What are some of your favorite history books written by Black authors?

I don’t read a lot of history, or non-fiction at all, but there have been a couple that came up on my radar that I felt were important to read.

  • How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi – This book was incredibly eye-opening. I learned a lot more about Black history through this book than I did in all my years of schooling, and it made me realize how whitewashed the educational system is.
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi – Reading this book was even more educational. It not only explores Black history in the United States, but also how racist ideology has persisted throughout hundreds of years.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – This one isn’t history per se. It’s historical fiction, but it tracks different branches of a family over centuries to present day, and how their history and trauma is passed down through generations. It’s an amazing book, and shares a family’s pain, but also their joys.

If you know of any other history books by Black authors that I should add to my TBR, share them! I’m always looking to learn more.

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