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Six for Sunday – Books that Celebrate Black Voices

It’s Sunday and time for Six for Sunday! This is a weekly blog feature started by A Little But a Lot. This week’s prompt is books that celebrate black voices. There are multiple ways to interpret this but I went through my read books on Goodreads and these were the ones that jumped out as celebrating black voices.

  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – This is a beautiful memoir of the experiences of the LGBTQIA+ author.
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta – The novel-in-verse style of this book and power it gives the story, gives such a strength to it.
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Acevedo’s books are largely about Afro-Latinx characters. This one in particular is so good and all about a young girl finding her voice through slam poetry.
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – This one doesn’t quite fit with the others but I couldn’t help but feel it belonged. This YA fantasy is such a celebration of found family, acceptance and love.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – This whole book really boils down to the power of Star’s voice and whether she chooses to use it to share the truth of what happened. Maybe not a celebration as it isn’t a happy book but it really shows the power one voice can have.
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This essay was adapted from a TED talk by the author. It’s more about feminism than race but really a celebration of her voice and its rally cry for feminism.

Stay tuned these Six for Sunday prompts during the rest of October which are in celebration of UK Black history month:

  • October 24 – Books by Black authors I want to read
  • October 31 – Recommended reads by Black authors

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