3 Black author book recommendations for every reading enthusiast
Black History Month may be drawing to a close this week, but celebrating Black history can undoubtedly be done all year. And according to Derek Handley, an assistant professor of English at UW-Milwaukee, one of the best ways to do that is by reading books written by Black authors. So as February ends, he shares three books he thinks everyone should have on their shelves.
Where Do We Go from Here? by Dr. Martin Luther King II
Handley says, "What some people may not know is Doctor King was a wonderful and beautiful writer — a premier public intellectual. And we get the sense in this book where his ideas and where his thoughts were about the civil rights movement and reflection — looking back and his thoughts about the growing impact of the of the Black power movement."
AFRICAN/AFRICAN-AMERICAN FOLKLORE CHOICE:
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
"[It's about] the relationship that African Americans may have psychologically about escaping some of the the issues or the conditions or the perils of this country," Handely says. "I think if you want to begin reading Toni Morrison, I think. This is a good book."
HISTORICAL FICTION CHOICE:
Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Handley reveals, [The story is] taking a look at slavery and the Underground Railroad ... With fiction, we can go a little bit deeper. We can go into the minds of the people who are alive in this and experiencing it and seeing it from their perspective. That these people that they were people they were not just slaves. They were people who were enslaved."