February is African American History Month, and to celebrate I am reading Native Son by Richard Wright. I began reading Native Son in one of my undergrad classes. I unfortunately never finished reading it, so in my continued effort to read all the books on my book shelves I am picking it up again.
Native Son is about a 20-year-old African American man named Bigger Thomas from 1930s Chicago. Bigger is unhappy with his life and struggles with his day-to-day existence.
Other books to read to celebrate
- From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, 9th Edition by John Hope Franklin
- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
- Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Homegoing: A novel by Yaa Gyasi
Do you plan to read any books to celebrate African American History Month? If so, what do you plan to read and why? Let me know in the comments.