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Our 10 Recommended Reads For Black History Month, Plus 5 Documentaries

Our 10 recommended reads that include fiction and non-fiction, science and sci-fi, poetry and a play, plus a few documentary films.

While there are several exceptional options for books written about and by African American women, we have narrowed it down to a mix of 10 of our top recommendations for February for Black History Month, including fiction and non-fiction, science and sci-fi, poetry, essays, and a play.

Each link goes to our Amazon Smile Charity page to support our independent women’s history library.


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures2

Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

Kara Walker

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Rasin in the Sun

Maya Angelou: Poems by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850–1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

parable of the sower

Becoming by Michelle Obama

obama book

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby

irby book


Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2013 Anita Hill Documentary)

Anita Hill film

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (Various women are featured in this 1986 PBS documentary)

eyes on the prize

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2016 Nina Simone Documentary)

simone doc

A Ballerina’s Tale (2015 documentary about Misty Copeland)

Ballerina Film

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016 documentary about Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings)

sharon jones movie

Feel free to let us know what you think of our selections, or add your own in the comment section below!

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