Juneteenth is the celebration of African-American freedom. Back in 1865, June 19th is the day that the word finally made it across the country that all slaves were freed. Still today, people gather around the country to celebrate what many would consider the official African-American Independence.
I have been realizing lately that for awhile my book selection has been limited. Part of the narrowness will not change for me – I am not planning on adding books to my list that include unnecessary language and situations unless there is redemption involved. But I have been realizing that I need to broaden my focus to include more authors and books that include characters who may not look like me or have my perspective. This post featuring African Americans is a start.
I think through the years I have read books that included other African-American characters, but perhaps they did not stick out to me. These are the titles that I have read already that I know include prominent black characters throughout the story line. I plan to continue to add to the list.
This is another book series written by an African American writer …
These books feature prominent African American characters but are not written by African American writers …
All of the inspirational movies put out by the Kendrick Brothers include prominent African American characters. In particular, the movie “War Room”focuses on an African American family. Because this is movie is a bit more intense, we have not yet watched it as a family.
When I was searching for War Room, I came across another inspirational movie that features African-Americans. I have not watched this one yet either, but it sounds really good.
This is only the start of books and movies featuring African Americans. For now, I am not even going to attempt to list out musical artists as there are so, so many. (Kirk Franklin anyone?) But for now, for me, this post is a start in the right direction of expanding my boundaries.