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6 Books to Celebrate Black History Month

  • Alex Haley: And the Books That Changed a Nation by Robert J. Norrell

    Alex Haley: And the Books That Changed a Nation by Robert J. Norrell

    Learn more about the acclaimed author, who wrote not only the seminal book Roots: The Saga of an American Family but also The Autobiography of Malcolm X, in collaboration with its subject. St. Martin's Press, $27

  • And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK, an Illustrated Chronology by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kevin M Burke

    And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Kevin M Burke

    The companion book to Gates' PBS series of the same name is a time line of the past 50 years of black U.S. history, captured in more than 350 photos. Ecco/HarperCollins, $25

  • The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley

    The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley

    Lumet Buckley, whose mother was the singer Lena Horne, shares her family's compelling history. Starting with her great-great grandfather, who became a prominent Atlanta businessman, The Black Calhouns is a saga of struggle and success. Atlantic Monthly Press, $26

  • The Face that Changed it All: A Memoir by Beverly Johnson with Allison Samuels

    The Face That Changed It All: A Memoir by Beverly Johnson with Allison Samuels

    In 1974 Beverly Johnson became the first black model to grace the cover of American Vogue. Her revelatory memoir shows us how this bookworm, who was originally interested in law, wound up making her mark in the world of fashion instead. Atria Books, $22

  • The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

    The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

    MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation's foremost voices on race, tackles a daunting subject—the impact of a black president on America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20

  • My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey written by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome

    For young readers: My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome

    When Robert Battle was a child, his life was forever changed when he saw Alvin Ailey's iconic piece, "Revelations." Today he is the artistic director of the legendary company and hopes to inspire new generations of dance lovers. Ransome's beautiful illustrations bring the book to life. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $18 (ages 5-10)

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