• Ilia Joe Tekeng

5 Empowering Books by Black Authors

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1. Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writes a letter to his adolescent son where he shares his story of the truth about his reality through a series of experiences, from Howard University to War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to staying in living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken. Beautifully written, empowering, fresh, and filled with emotion, Between the World and Me clearly brings to light the past, brings up our present, and offers a vision for the future. Link to book here

2. We Should All be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a special view of feminism for the twenty-first century, based on inclusion and awareness. She reflects on her own experiences and has a deep understanding of the often ignored reality of sexual politics, she explains with passion what it means to be a woman in present day and informs us why we should all be feminists. Kindle version is C$3. Find it here

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The book is filled with joy, pain, and mystery. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings showcases the reality of lonely children, bigotry, and beautiful words. The book was written by Opray Winfreys friend. link to book here

4. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The book describes lessons Malcolm learned from seeing his parents' struggles with racism during his childhood. It also covers his teens where he dealt with hardships, and later tells the story on his evolution. He is well known in the movement for black liberation so it is worth reading. Link to book

5. Black Reality

This was written by me. I open up about my struggles as a black person throughout my travels, childhood, and while living in Canada. I reflect on my past and give advice to readers on ways to make a change to improve black lives around the world. Link is here

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