Honoring Black Stories

This month, we join the rest of the country in celebrating Black History Month. Black Ohioans have made invaluable contributions to our state and our nation. There are countless ways to share Black stories, and we strive to highlight this crucial history in our programming throughout the year.

Here is a list of some of our recent favorite books about Black stories or by Black Ohio authors:

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

The Northern Stories of Charles W. Chesnutt edited by Charles Duncan

Erasure by Percival Everett

Beyond the River: The True Story of the Unsung Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn

Tigerland, 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing by Wil Haygood

Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America by Nathaniel R. Jones

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones

Historic Black Settlements in Ohio by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker

Home by Toni Morrison

Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood by Dave Parker and Dave Jordan

Step by Step: How the Lincoln School Marchers Blazed a Trail to Justice by Carlotta Penn and Debbie Rigaud

Virginia Hamilton: America’s Storyteller (Biographies for Young Readers) by Julie Rubini

Happy Black History Month!