5 African-American Books You Must Read Now

James Baldwin
A Raisin In The Sun
A Raisin In The Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s story revolving around the dreams of a family in Chicago, took the literary and Broadway world by storm. "A Raisin in the Sun" follows an American family as they struggle to make ends meet after the death of the father leaves a gaping hole. The New York Times sums it up best: "A play that changed American theater forever."

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston told stories like no other. In this African-America classic, Hurston's subject is a love story that balances humor and sadness with perfection. Out of circulation and out of favor with audiences because of its strong leading character, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" has since become a widely read and acclaimed piece of literature.

Invisible Man
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" continues to entertain readers sixty years after its release. This National Book Award winner, and bestseller revisits life in the black South, attending an African-American college, and relocating North to New York City to become the voice of "the Brotherhood."

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Ms. Angelou’s accomplishments include both the Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, multiple Grammy Awards, the Lincoln Medal, and more. She spoke five different languages, and was the first African-American women to operate a cable car. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" intertwines elegantly the story that was Maya Angelou.

The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk

One of the first literary works to cover the subject of sociology, "The Souls of Black Folk" is the classic written work of W. E. B. DuBois. The Harvard educated DuBois, also a civil rights activist, sociologist, and historian, created a literary piece that has become a cornerstone of African-American history.

Classic African-American books written by the most celebrated of storytellers are found here. Award-winning writing that is rich in plot and purpose that simultaneously gives way to inspiration. No longer will obstacles stand in your way.

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