The 5 ultimate must-read books for Black History Month

It’s Black History Month, and to ensure you keep the momentum of celebrating Black excellence all month-long, we’ve created a list of literary gems that will not only uplift you, but awaken your inner “wokeness.” We even round out our choices with a hearty and hilarious book for the comedy-enthused readers.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou recounts her upbringing in her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Sent by their mother to live with their grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, face the harsh realities of prejudice and abandonment. As the years go by and they’re sent back to live with their mother, Maya endures a traumatic experience. Not until she gets older does she learn to not only love herself, but to live her life as a victor and not a victim.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.” —James Baldwin

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