Toronto Public Library shares reading lists for Black History Month

Feb 1 2021, 7:09 pm

The Toronto Public Library has compiled a list of books that celebrate Black culture and heritage to mark the start of Black History Month on February 1.

The 20 books included in the list feature stories that celebrate achievements, amplify everyday experiences, and dive into history.

Some are fact, such as Njoki Wane’s memoir From My Mother’s Back: A Journey from Kenya to Canada, and some are fiction, like Cherie Jones’s How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House.

Others, like Jillian Christmaes’s The Gospel of Breaking, are filled with moving poems, and some include beautiful photographs amongst their words, like Afua Cooper and Wilfried Raussert’s Black Matters.

From stories on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to police brutality in Canada, here is the Toronto Public Library’s Black History Reading List for 2021.

The Toronto Public Library has also curated reading lists for children and teens in honour of Black History Month.

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