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

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.

Continuing the Stories

During and after the Civil Rights Movement, the number of published works by African American authors soared, especially works by women. Today, there are so many wonderful works of literature, films, and other creative works by African Americans to enjoy and learn from. Poets, children's authors, inspirational figures in political life -- all offer something to learn and stories to enjoy. Listed below are some of the most influential and well-regarded authors of today, along with a recommendation of which of their books to start with -- or continue with, if they are already a favorite of yours!

Awesome Female African American Authors

Octavia Butler

bell hooks

N. K. Jemisin

Toni Morrison

Gloria Naylor

Alice Walker

African American Children and Young Adult Authors

Jeannette Caines

Christopher Paul Curtis

Eloise Greenfield

Nikki Grimes

Angela Johnson

Christopher Myers

Jason Reynolds

Non-Fiction Authors

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Roxane Gay

Barack Obama

Michelle Obama

African American Children and Young Adult Authors (More!)

Mildred D. Taylor

Angie Thomas

Renee Watson

Jacqueline Woodson

Poets and Playwrights

Maya Angelou

Amiri Baraka

Philip Bryant

Nikki Giovanni

August Wilson

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