5 books to read by Black women

By Aryana Goodarzi

This month is Black History Month; and our latest edition of “books to add to your To Be Read (TBR) list” includes 5 must-reads by Black women. 

Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black by bell hooks is a collection of essays on how the oppressed use words to make themselves equal. In talking back, to people you are not supposed to talk back to and as a people that are not as able to talk, you are making yourself an equal. 

The Selected Works of Audre Lorde edited by Roxane Gay consists of essays written by Audre Lorde on the intersectionality of being Black, a woman, a lesbian, and a writer.

Written by Nikole Hannah-Jones, A New Origin Story: The 1619 Project goes deep into America’s original sin of slavery to show how it influences our systems of governance, even today.

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House written by Audre Lorde is a famous essay on people (mis)using the same framework and tools of oppression in trying for Black equity.

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa is a collection of essays that go into the intersectionality of Blackness and womanhood.

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