February is celebrated as Black History Month. According to an article in NEA Today, published in February 2008.
It is reported that Black History Month was first celebrated in the U.S. in 1926 through the efforts of African American historian Carter G. Woodson.
African American literature has gone through many periods. At the Library of Congress web site you can listen to Slave Narratives or view original documents that are part of the African American Odyssey. At your hometown libraries you can experience legendary African American thinkers and writers, such as, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Alex Haley and so many more.
Below is a list of books written for Teens that may provide you with an interesting read this Black History Month.
- After Tupac and D Foster, by Jacqueline Woodson
- Barack Obama, William Davis
- Becoming Billie Holiday, Carole Boston Weatherford
- Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
- Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Fire from the Rock, by Sharon Draper
- The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
- Off-color, by Janet McDonald
- Promises to the Dead, by Mary Downing Hahn
- Rooftop, by Paul Volponi
- Satchel Paige: Stricking Out Jim Crow, by James Sturm
- What They Found: Love on 145th Street, by Walter Dean Myers