The Free Black Women’s Library Reading Challenge

The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive pop up library in Brooklyn, New York, began as a community book exchange in 2014 to share books written by Black women authors. The collection now features over 500 books donated by the public and available for exchange at the mobile pop ups, held throughout the city and open to all. This year the initiative has expanded to include the Free Black Women’s Library Reading Challenge: in 2017 read 26 books written by Black women (see categories below). I’ll be reading along and sharing my picks (and some thoughts) throughout the year!

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A book from your childhood
A book you had to read in school
A book by a Caribbean author
A book by an African author
A romance or erotica novel
A memoir or autobiography
A Black feminist/womanist text
An urban fiction story
An Afro Futurist novel (Science Fiction/ Speculative/ Fantasy/Horror)
A collection of poetry or short stories
A book based in spirituality, religion or sacred ideology
A YA novel
A book classified as self help, personal development focusing on things like pleasure, self-care, finances, health, life strategy
A recipe book (attempt to cook 1 to 3 items)
Any book by Toni Morrison
Any book by Alice Walker
Any book by Zora Neale Hurston
Any book by Octavia Butler
A book that would be classified as “Chick Lit”
A book from 100 years ago
A book classified as LGBTQ via its author or content
A book that came out in the last year
A book set in your hometown
A book with a one word title
A book with a person’s name in the title
A book that is (or became) a play or film
Please tag The Free Black Women’s Library in your photos of the books you have chosen and use the hashtags –
#TheFreeBlackwomensLibrary #TFBWLReadingChallenge #TFBWL #26BlackWomen #TFBWL26 #BlackWomanBibliophile

13 Books To Read By Black Feminist Women

The Resistance Library

Re-blogged with permission from Role Reboot and the author. [Role Reboot, 12-22-14]

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By Khadijah Costley White
Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
Find her on Twitter here.

Whether you’re still looking for a gift for a feminist friend, need some vacation reading material, or just want to understand what black feminism is all about, look no further.

Here’s my suggested list of Black Feminist Books to read (and read again).

My Personal Favorites (in no particular order):

Words of Fire Collection, edited by Beverly Guy-Scheftall

This compilation of black women’s writing throughout American history is aptly titled: It is fire. From Sojourner Truth to radical black feminist critiques in the late 20th century, there is no reason why every single person should not own and read this book. If you want a reader on black feminism, this should be your go-to.

Crusade for…

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