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Black History Month: Authors, Books, Films, Websites, and More!: African American Authors: Historical

Welcome! This LibGuide celebrates Black History Month by presenting works in many different media (books, films, websites, and podcasts) by and about Black authors and creators and Black history.

The Importance of Literacy

Frederick Douglass, in his seminal work Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and American Slave, said that becoming literate allowed him to pursue his freedom: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Many African Americans, starting in the 18th century, used their gift of literacy to write in the cause of justice and freedom, and to celebrate their heritage. To truly understand Black history and our current society, it is important to know these authors' works.  Find out more about them and some of their important works below!

Non-Fiction Authors

Frederick Douglass

W. E. B. DuBois

Booker T. Washington

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X

Fiction Authors

Zora Neale Hurston

Ralph Ellison

James Baldwin

Alex Haley

Richard Wright

Poets and Playwrights

Phillis Wheatley

Langston Hughes

Audre Lorde

Gwendolyn Brooks

Lorraine Hansberry

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