Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the Times Union Books Blog will be celebrating by highlighting one book each day from the rich African-American literary tradition.

From slave narratives to the latest best-seller from Eric Jerome Dickey, and with plenty of essays, poems and novels in between … from writers like Frederick Douglass, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison and many more … there’s much than just one book per day.

This is where you can help. Which text from the African-American literary tradition do you think everybody should read?

Send an e-mail with the name of the title, the author, the reasons why you think the text is a must read, and your name and a little bit about yourself to the Books Blog moderator, Michael Janairo, at mjanairo@timesunion.com.

Or just respond to this post with the same information.

Then check out the Books Blog at http://blogs.timesunion.com/books to see what other people are recommending.

For ideas, you may want to check out

This Library of Congress site. 

This PBS site.

This Gale-Thompson research site. 

The African-American Literature Book Club

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project

Published by Michael Janairo

Writer. Reader. Coffee drinker. Fiction. Poetry. Art. Museums. (My family name is pronounced "ha NIGH row.")

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