The Black Bear’s Booklist for Break

All of these books and other suggested reads can be found at your local library or online.

I chose the autobiography of Black Panther Party member Assata Shakur because with everything going on with police brutality in America right now, it’s interesting to get the perspective of those who fought for us long ago. It’s an easy read and it also gives you the women’s perspective of the Black Power movement which is sometimes lost.
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

– Taylor Vinson



African-American fiction, also called urban fiction, are the best reads ever! I recommend everyone to start reading books by authors Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman. A married couple who has the best street drama stories and are New York Times best-selling authors.

-Khadijah Forrest




This novel by the famous poet Maya Angelou revolves around Black Americans seeking to find refuge in the Motherland: Africa. With an increased desire for cultural awareness in this generation, this book can give an interesting insight into what it’s like for Blacks of the diaspora to go “home.”

– Christina Gardner



This is a great easy read by author Zora Neale Hurston. The imagery and detail of this story is impeccable. The readers are able to follow Janie throughout the story filled with tragedy and hope. The movie adaptation also does justice to the book with Halle Berry and Michael Ealy as the leads.

-Sequena Tate



A Raisin in the Sun is a great book to read if you love reading stories about the average African-American family during the 1960s. This book can be somewhat relatable and help you learn to value your goals.

-Alisha Harris




I read this book a few years ago written by award-winning journalist Joan Morgan. It’s a very thought provoking read about issues facing African American women in our modern society. Best believe she keeps it real.

-Briana Simmons



I know, nerdy. The Harry Potter series is a non-fiction magical fantasy that has amazing plot twists and descriptive characters. It is hard to read one and not the next. Readers will be surprised at the endings! The books are more in-depth and detail with each sequence of the series. Harry Potter will give you relaxation and an open mind.

-Myesha Smith



This book was recommended to me years ago. It’s one of many phenomenal books written by three African-American male literary geniuses: Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin. You just can’t go wrong with any of their books.

-Briana Simmons




These books held my interest because the storyline is so captivating. I love the drama that goes on within the series.

-Deantra Darough



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