Novels for Black History Month: Part I MADE February 1, 2016 Resources MADE by: Chelsey Little Today marks the first day of one significant month for the Black community. Not only is it a time to celebrate our progressions as a collective race, but also a period in which we should expand our knowledge on our culture and history. This month we will provide some great reads for you add to your bookshelf by notable Black authors to keep your conscious minds open. Here’s the first four to get you started. — Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur In Assata: An Autobiography, readers follow the life of Assata Shakur, one prominent Black revolutionary of the 1960’s as she goes through an eventual experience in Cuba. In this book Shakur recounts the stories in her life that leads up to extreme activist occurrences. Purchase your copy today. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley As written by Alex Haley, readers are immersed into the autobiography of revolutionary Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X presents the journey of Malcolm X as he matures from a ignorant personality to a conscious intellectual of spiritual knowledge. Let’s not forget to add that Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film was based on Haley’s novel. Ready for chapter one? Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates In Between the World and Me, Coates presents a different perspective and narrative from other nonfiction novels when comprehending the history of America. Coates structures the narrative from James Baldwin’s 1963 civil rights novel The Fire Next Time, where Coates presents the topic of race in America on a personal discussion between him and his son. Order yours today. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander challenges the political system amongst the civil rights community by placing mass incarceration as the center for racial justice in America. Alexander argues that by targeting Black men the U.S criminal justice system exists as a mechanism of racial control, consequently developing colorblindness upon people of color. Learn more about institutional racism and mass incarceration in America with Alexander’s novel.