5 Books Every Black Woman Should Read | Pt. 1

in , by Linda B Hurd, September 27, 2017

On my blog site, I really want to just be more transparent and share so many topics that can help other sisters out. I believe if you can name your top five rappers or even singers, then you can name your top five authors. Of course, everything takes time. No pressure applied to anyone. I also want to say that you do not even have to be a black woman to mentally indulge in these books either. I just feel that it is my calling to also be a voice for those black girls and women who really need to never stop educating their selves. 

I am a very avid reader and I wanted to be begin my book taste and book reviews with my readers. I believe that reading books can help you cope with hardships in life and even allow discover your own inner strength that you possibly never embraced. With this very first list of books I will provided links, so you can access the books easily. I have read all five books and I would not recommend anything that I felt someone else could not benefit from. 

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

The Mis-Education of the Negro is one of the most important books on education ever written. Carter G. Woodson shows us the weakness of Euro-centric based curriculums that fail to include African American history and culture. 

This system mis-educates the African American student, failing to prepare them for success and to give them an adequate sense of who they are within the system that they must live. Woodson provides many strong solutions to the problems he identifies. A must-read for anyone working in the education field. Via goodreads.com

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd
Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a "free" person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher's reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding Black hair linger as we enter the twenty-first century.

Tying the personal to the political and the popular, Hair Story takes a chronological look at the culture behind the ever-changing state of Black hair-from fifteenth century Africa to the present-day United States. Hair Story is the book that Black Americans can use as a benchmark for tracing a unique aspect of their history and that people of all races will celebrate as the reference guide for understanding Black hair.
Via goodreads.com

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement By Angela Y Davis

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of Black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles—from the Black freedom movement to the South African antiapartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that “freedom is a constant struggle.” Via Amazon

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man's voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times op-ed piece "Death in Black and White," Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. 

"The time is at hand for reckoning with the past, recognizing the truth of the present, and moving together to redeem the nation for our future. If we don't act now, if you don't address race immediately, there very well may be no future." Via Amazon

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shukur 

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.

Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalize and suppress black nationalist organizations.

This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman. With wit and candour Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state.

A major contribution to the history of black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.
Via Amazon

Have you read any of these books? If so feel free to share below in the comment section. If you have any book requests please also leave them below as well. 

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  1. All these books are worth reading not only black womens but everyone should read this so that they will learn alot new things. Afterall books are always your good friends.

  2. I don't believe in racism and I really appreciate your step of providing confidence to black woman that they are not less than any one.