Must-Read Black Authors: A Crowdsourced List from WSU

Must-Read Black Authors: A Crowdsourced List from WSU

Must-Read Black Authors: A Crowdsourced List from WSU

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Today might be the final day of Black History Month, but every day of the year is a great day to read Black writers!  See below for a crowdsourced list of must-read Black authors, recommended by students and faculty from the Wayne State Department of English.  Why not check one or more out when you are in a reading slump or want something new to read?  Writers with more than one recommendation are noted with an asterisk. 

  • Alice Walker * 

  • Adrienne Maree Brown 

  • Andrea (Daniel) Knott 

  • Andrea Levy 

  • Anne Moody 

  • Audre Lorde 

  • Barack Obama 

  • Bernardine Evaristo 

  • Bessie Head 

  • Cherry Muhanji 

  • Chester Himes 

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 

  • C. L. R. James 

  • Colson Whitehead * 

  • Countee Cullen 

  • Danzi Senna 

  • Edward P. Jones 

  • Ernest Gaines 

  • Eve Ewing 

  • Frederick Douglass 

  • George Lamming 

  • Gwendolyn Brooks 

  • Harriet Jacobs 

  • Helen Oyeyemi 

  • Ishmael Reed 

  • Jamaica Kincaid 

  • James Alan McPherson 

  • James Baldwin * 

  • James McBride 

  • Jean Toomer * 

  • Jennifer Brissett 

  • Jesmyn Ward 

  • June Jordan 

  • Kiley Reid 

  • Langston Hughes * 

  • Leonard Pitts, Jr. 

  • Lorraine Hansberry 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. 

  • Marlon James 

  • Maya Angelou 

  • Nalo Hopkinson 

  • Nella Larson 

  • N. K. Jemisin 

  • Ngozi Adichie 

  • Nnedi Okorafor 

  • Ntozake Shange * 

  • Octavia Butler * 

  • Olaudah Equiano 

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar 

  • Phillis Wheatley 

  • Ralph Ellison * 

  • Richard Wright * 

  • Rivers Solomon 

  • Roxane Gay 

  • Sam Selvon 

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • Tayeb Salih 

  • Teju Cole 

  • Toni Cade Bambara * 

  • Toni Morrison * 

  • Una Marson 

  • Walter Mosely 

  • Zadie Smith * 

  • Zora Neale Hurston *