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February is Black History Month!

To celebrate, we’ve put together a selection of memoirs, autobiographies, and other nonfiction books written by and about black women available in the BCLS catalog.

Shirley Chisholm (1924–2004) was not only the first African-American congresswoman, but also the first black woman to run for president of the United States. She wrote two books about her experiences – both available through the library!

“If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
-Shirley Chisholm

Feminist writer bell hooks (1952 – born Gloria Jean Watkins) not only has numerous nonfiction books about topics such as love, community, and the intersections of gender, race, and class, she has also published several children’s books (such as Happy to be Nappy and Homemade Love)!

“… finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community”
-bell hooks


Coretta Scott King (1927–2006) has several memoirs about her personal journeys and phenomenal accomplishments.

“Sometimes, I am also identified as a civil rights leader or a human rights activist. I would also like to be thought of as a complex, three-dimensional, flesh-and-blood human being with a rich storehouse of experiences, much like everyone else, yet unique in my own way, much like everyone else.”
-Coretta Scott King

Also, check out the lists below for other great items for Black History Month, including dozens of movies and children’s books! Stop by any BCLS location, check out a few items and learn more about diversity throughout history - or, herstory. Celebrate Black History at your library!