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In light of the protests happening in the U.S. and across the world, everyone I recommend today is a black or African-American writer. I stand with Black Lives Matter and the other protestors in their fight against racism, violence, and oppression.
May we all one day know a peaceful and just word.
I chose these specific works because of the vivid imagery in them. All of these writers excel at creating unforgettable worlds with a few carefully-chosen words.
That’s the sort of writing that grabs my attention immediately and makes me want to read everything else that author or poet has ever written.
I, Too, Sing America by Langston Hughes
Mortality by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
The Blue Dress by Saeed Jones
A Poem for Ella Fitzgerald by Sonia Sanchez
Everyday Use by Alice Walker
Africanfuturist 419 by Nnedi Okorafor
The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson
The Space Traders by Derrick Bell
The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin