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


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