A Warrior, An Activist, A Star Child – Three to Read

This week’s Three to Read celebrates three Black authors whose lives are dedicated to encouraging Black power, resilience, and success.

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Hey, hey book lovers! Welcome back to Three to Read where you can discover the newest reads to add to your ever-growing TBR list. This week, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. To honor the man who became the most visible spokesman for American civil rights in the 60s, we chose three books that celebrate Black power, resilience, and success. We hope you enjoy this week’s picks, and perhaps you may even learn something new along the way.

Hot Pick

Akata Woman

by Nnedi Okorafor

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SYNOPSIS:

In the third installment of The Nsibidi Scripts series, Sunny Nwazue must learn how to adjust to life after discovering her powers. In America, she lives a relatively “normal” life just like any other young girl. In Nigeria, she is a Leopard Person whose world is full of spirits and magic. But no matter which worlds Sunny lives in, now is the time to use her powers for good to save the universe. With The Leopard Society by her side, Sunny must track down a prized magical object before it is too late. Unbeknownst to her, this mission will challenge her more than ever, and it may even be the journey that breaks her once and for all. 

WHY:

Even if you haven’t read The Nsibidi Scripts series, you’re going to need to start now. The series has been blessed as “the Nigerian Harry Potter,” with the same magic, bravery, and adventure we all know and love. If you are already a fan of the series, then you have been waiting for this third installment since 2018. Four years later, we finally know how Sunny will continue learning about her powers in both magical and non-magical spaces. Be sure to order the first two books here and here because you certainly do not want to miss out on this extraordinary series.

Coffee Shop Read

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

by Ibi Zoboo

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SYNOPSIS:

Through poetry and prose, author Ibi Zoboi recounts the life of famed author Octavia E. Butler. From the Space Race to the American Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced a unique life that would greatly influence her writing. She would go on to become an award-winning author and the first science-fiction author to receive a Macarthur Fellowship. And what better way to learn about such an iconic Black author than by way of poetry.

WHY:

Zoboi is a Haitian-American author best known for her work in young adult fiction. Her book American Street was celebrated as a 2017 National Book Award finalist. She would go on to write beautiful fiction stories, including her praised Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America anthology and her 2018 take on Pride & Prejudice called Pride. If you want to add more Black literature to your TBR list, Zoboi is your go-to woman.

Dark Horse

How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged

by Kimberly Jones

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SYNOPSIS:

Based on Kimberly Jones’s iconic speech made during the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, this nonfiction read teaches readers about the systemic racism that plagues America and how to fight in an institution that picks and chooses who it is against. For jones, her childhood in Chicago prepared her for the lifelong fight against injustice. Her solution? A Reconstruction 2.0 that emphasizes restitution owed to Black Americans since the end of the Civil War. And while Jones encourages fighting the good fight, she also reminds us that it is utterly important to take care of ourselves along the way.

WHY:

If you want to take part in the fight against racial injustice in America, but perhaps don’t know where to start, this is the book to get you going. Jones uses literature as a tool to teach and encourage individuals that they do not need to stay silent in a world that hardly ever changes. She emphasizes that now is the time to speak your truths and end the capitalist society that preys on Black people. Jones and the Black Lives Matter Movement encourage allies to speak up and not live passively, despite what others may think.

And if you would like to watch Jones’s How Can We Win speech, you can do so below:

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