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African American Read-In

This guide lists texts, authored by Black writers, that are available: for checkout in BCC Library, via BCC Library online databases, or freely on the internet. Consider participating in BCC's African American Read-In event!

Black History Month Gallery

A Promised Land cover
Miles Morales cover
So You Want to Talk about Race cover
The President's Kitchen Cabinet cover
Passing cover
Race for Profit cover
The Water Dancer cover
The Fire Next Time cover
A Peculiar Indifference cover
The Nickel Boys cover
The Dead Are Arising cover
Overground Railroad cover
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick cover
White Tears/Brown Scars cover
The Mamba Mentality cover
March Book Three cover
Julian Bond's Time to Teach cover
X cover
March Book One cover
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments cover
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Young Readers Edition) cover
The Street cover
Kindred cover
This Book Is Anti-Racist cover
Queenie cover
Black Power Afterlives cover
He Said, She Said cover
March Book Two cover
God Save the Queens cover
Monument cover
Bluest Eye cover
Their Eyes Were Watching God cover
Death of Innocence cover
How Beautiful We Were cover
Hell of a Book cover
Twelve Years a Slave cover
Underground Railroad cover
Color Purple cover
Americanah cover
Another Country cover
Just Mercy cover
You Got Anything Stronger cover
Between the World and Me cover
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker cover
Becoming cover


"The National African American Read-In is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month."

BCC will be hosting its second annual African American Read-In -- via Zoom -- on Monday, February 21, 2022, starting at 1pm.  This will be a joint event with BCC's African American Book Club.  Join us to discuss the shared text; then please consider reading your favorite poem, song, or excerpt by a Black author with the assembled group at that time!  Need ideas for texts to read?  See the recommended databases and internet sources below!

To sign up in advance, please complete this form:

For more information, including the Zoom link, please email Julie Olsen (, Liza Palmer (, or Taylor Parson (

2022 Program

  1. Welcoming Remarks
  2. Discussion of African American Book Club Text: "Talma Gordon" by Pauline E. Hopkins (skip to page 15 in the PDF)
    • Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins by Taylor Parson (see link to PDF below)
  3. Scheduled Readers
  4. Drop-In Readers


Internet Sources