16 Essential Books By Black Women That Absolutely Belong On Your Bookshelf
The systemic erasure of Black voices has been a part of our country’s fabric for far too long. (Read: Since its origin.) As we do the work of unweaving that fabric — not just in this current moment, but in a sustained way for days to come — it’s critical that Black voices are amplified and listened to. And the need to listen is especially crucial for anyone who’s committed to deepening their allyship.
As a non-Black person, listening doesn’t simply mean turning to the Black folks in your life with the expectation that they’ll explain things to you. It means taking active steps to educate yourself using the (many, many) existing resources already out there from Black activists, educators and authors alike. How well-represented, for instance, are Black voices on your reading list?