Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Some things to read for Black History Month (or anytime else)

Roy DeCarava, from The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Elena Sheppard at PolicyMic asked if I'd be interested in compiling a list of favorite "Suggested Books for Black History Month," and here it is! Somewhat arbitrary and entirely subjective, but nevertheless:

1. James Weldon Johnson: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912)
2. Jean Toomer: Cane (1923) 
3. The poetry of Countee Cullen
4. Nella Larsen: Quicksand (1928)
5. Sterling Brown: the Slim Greer poems (1930-1933)
6. Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes: The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
7. Charles Mingus: Beneath the Underdog (1971)

Read the full thing at PolicyMic. 

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