Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Celebrate Black History Month by Reading

February is Black History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to read or reread books written by African American authors. Here are a few suggestions:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Langston Hughes' poetry
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Anything by Toni Morrison
The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the start of the Civil Rights Movement with the staging of the country's first sit-ins in Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC. That's where I was born (a few years later, mind you). Yesterday, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum opened to the public in this historic spot. I can't wait to make a visit.

February is also American Heart Month. Don't forget to wear red on each Friday in February, and take control of your own heart health.

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