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Books to Read in Honor of Black History Month

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Sometimes we could all use a relaxing night in our Savannah, GA apartment, and there’s no better way to relax than with a cozy blanket and a good book. Since it’s February, The Timberland Blog put together a list of books to honor Black History Month. According to, “Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history . . . Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.” Join us by reading these books throughout the rest of the month.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson (1986)

“Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Beginning with his boyhood, the book portrays King's education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of the Montgomery bus boycott, his pivotal role in the civil rights demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and his complex relationship with the Kennedy brothers, LBJ, Malcolm X, and numerous other leading figures of the day.”

Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (2007)

“A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.”

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (2004)

“This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism.”

Each of these books will move you in a new and inspiring way. We hope you have a great month and enjoy these incredible books!