Black History Month may be coming to an end, but at the OWHL we are not planning to stop celebrating. Just in time for spring break reading, we have displayed “The Top 10 Banned Books That Changed the Face of Black History.” The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) recently compiled this list, and we are pleased that we have all ten books in our collection. The books can be found on the bookcase near the entrance to Stacks Two, across from the Bulletin Board. The list includes such classics as:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe – “tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria….These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.” ~Amazon
Beloved by Toni Morrison – “staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.” ~Amazon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told To Alex Haley by Malcolm X – “In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley.” ~Amazon
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – “Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.” ~Amazon
Visit this link for the NCAC’s complete list.