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Reading is Revolutionary, Relaxing and Required

WI Staff | 9/23/2009, 8:14 p.m.

To celebrate September as Black Reading Month, the Talking Drum Collective and staff from the Washington Informer Newspaper have comprised a list of African American books that range from fiction, autobiographies, poetry, and nonfiction. Feel free to read one or all of the books listed below, then send an e-mail to news@washingtoninformer.com to tell us what you thought about the book or books you selected. Happy reading!

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." €" Malcolm X

Here is a list of suggested books from the Talking Drum Collective and Washington Informer staff:

- €Kindred€ by Octavia Butler
- €Autobiography of Malcolm X€ by Malcolm X
- €Fester€ by Shantella Sherman
- €Makes Me Wanna Holler€ by Nathan McCall
- €Black Power: Politics of Liberation in America€ by Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton
- €I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings€ by Maya Angelou
- €Honey I Love and other love poems€ by Eloise Greenfield
- €Ready for Revolution€ by Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael)
- €Things Fall Apart€ by Chinua Achebe
- €The Color Purple€ by Alice Walker
- €The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison€
- €Invisible Man€ by Ralph Ellison
- €Destruction of Black Civilization€ by Chancellor Williams
- €Kebuka! Remembering the Middle Passage Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors€ by Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
- €Asafo: A Warrior's Guide to Manhood€ by Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
- €Nutricide: Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race€ by Llaila O. Afrika
- €African Holistic Health€ by Llaila O. Afrika
- €Sacred Woman€ by Queen Afua
- €The Spook Who Sat by the Door€ by Sam Greenle
- €Blues Dancing€ by Diane McKinney Whetstone
- €Big Girls Don€t Cry€ by Connie Briscoe
- €Invisible Life€ by E. Lynn Harris
- €Family€ by J. California Cooper
- €Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery€ by Na'Im Akbar
- €The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Women€ by Michael Porter

To check out these books, find your local library at www.dclibrary.org, www.prge.lib.md.us,