Reading List for Black History Month


In honor of Black History Month, we’ve rounded up a list of books you should definitely add to your reading list.

Fry Brown, Teresa L. African American History & Devotionals: Readings and Activities for Individuals, Families, and Communities. Nashville, Abingdon Press, 2018.

  1. Forward by UMC Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
  2. Each of the 28 days provides a biblical text, a short devotion, a prayer, and sections to “Do,” “Discuss,” and “Dig Deeper.”

Trigger Warning: (This speech contains the N-word) Hamer, Fannie Lou. “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” Speech Delivered with Malcolm X at the Williams Institutional CME Church, Harlem, New York, Dec. 20, 1964. Edited by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell it Like it Is. Jackson, MI: University Press of Mississippi, 2011.

  1. Read this speech was given in 1964 and offers an account of Black people trying to register to vote in Mississippi.
  2. Read at least pages 3-4 of The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years after the Poor People’s Campaign.
  3. Learn more about Voter Suppression here.
  4. How is voter suppression still functioning in the United States? How does voter suppression still function in the church?
  5. How should the church engage the issue of voter suppression?

Brown Douglas, Kelly. Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.


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