Books & Authors For Women of Color

The following content was researched and compiled by JMRL-NAACP Intern Casey Alexander. You can view a related presentation that she created here.

The books listed below are Young Adult & Adult pieces of literature meant to educate, empower, and motivate women, specifically women of color. All of these works are sure to leave a positive impact on their readers, while opening the door to a world that may not be familiar to some. These books include rich language, excellent storytelling, personal freedom, and depict some of the struggles women of color face throughout their life. Whether you are looking for a quick read or something deep in description and complexity, you are sure to find it in one of the following books. Disclaimer: All books are based on and written by women of color. 

Age Level: 14+

Books Owned By JMRL Available to Checkout

Training School For Negro Girls – Camille Acker 

Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou 

The Toni Morrison Book Club – Juda Bennett 

A Black Women’s History Of the United States – Diana Ramey Berry

Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth – Beverly Bond 

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper 

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture – Emma Dabiri 

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim 

Why I am No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo- Lodge 

Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes,and Affirmations for Teens – M.J. Fievre 

Ordinary Hazards – Nikki Grimes 

The Sisters Are Alright – Tamara Winfrey Harris 

This Will Be My Undoing: Living At the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America – Morgan Jerkins 

Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall

Becoming– Michelle Obama 

So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo 

Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use – Amanda Seales

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) – Elaine Welteroth 

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The Story of US Immigration – Memoirs for Adults

Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs here. Check out this selection of  memoirs to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States. All descriptions from the catalog.

 Muslim Girl, A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Describes the author’s adolescence as a Muslim girl in post-9/11 America, including how she dealt with Islamophobia, how she created a website that became a cultural phenomenon, and how she feels about America’s political climate.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided  and  En el País que Amamos : Mi Familia Dividida by Diane Guerrero
The author and actress discusses her life in America as an undocumented immigrant, specifically the day when she was fourteen-years-old and her parents were detained and deported while she was at school.

 Barefoot Heart by Elva Treviño Hart
Barefoot Heart is a vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. It brings to life the day-to-day existence of people facing the obstacles of working in the fields and raising a family in an environment that is frequently hostile to those who have little education and speak another language. 

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
With beauty, grace, and honesty, Castillo recounts his and his family’s encounters with a system that treats them as criminals for seeking safe, ordinary lives. He writes of the Sunday afternoon when he opened the door to an ICE officer who had one hand on his holster, of the hours he spent making a fake social security card so that he could work to support his family, of his fathers deportation and the decade that he spent waiting to return to his wife and children only to be denied reentry.

 How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul
A young Muslim leader shares his quest to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality in a post-9/11 world where he, in a society that fears Muslims, struggled with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, as well as suffered with the onset of bipolar disorder. 

The Story of US Immigration – Non-Fiction for Adults

Welcoming Week (September 12-20,2020) is a time for us to “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Find related JMRL programs here. Check out this selection of non-fiction for adults to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States. All descriptions from the catalog. Continue reading