Mandatory Reads: The Best Non-Fiction Books by Black Writers

Let’s face it: our own perspective is limited. We only know what we’ve lived, and most of us haven’t done enough living to have a broad worldview. That’s where books come in. By stepping into another person’s story on the page, we vicariously feel what it’s like to live their life, to wade through their challenges, and to triumph over adversity. In these tumultuous times, we could all be more understanding of others’ struggles, especially those of the black community. That’s why immersing ourselves in non-fiction narratives by authors of color is so important — and a powerful way to instigate change. To get you started, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best books by black writers.

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