We’re just over a week into Black History Month 2020. And to celebrate, we turned to some of the most brilliant African-American writers and thinkers we know to recommend some of their favorite books.
From collections of poems and poignant YA page-turners to classic novels, the books in this list are a testament to the varied creative expressions of the black experience. The real question? Which one to pick up first. But don’t stress too much about where to start. Because while this month will be over before you can say everyone-should-be-reading-this-novel, these books will still be here to inspire, thrill, educate, and move readers no matter the season.