It’s February! One of my favorite months of the year! February means we are making good progress moving through winter and spring is just a little more clearly in sight. Also February is SHORT because those three days make a big difference! Plus it’s filled with holidays so March is actually closer than you might think!
February is also special because it is Black History Month. Now let me tell you, I truly want to live in a society where history is history and there are no groups of people left out of the story. But that is not our reality. The stories we have been told, the stories we’ve told each other, the stories we’ve told our children, don’t tell the whole story. In some cases they don’t even tell the true story. And let’s be honest, every story is different depending in who is telling it. Black History Month reminds us of this.
To celebrate Black History Month I’d love for you to join me in a reading challenge. Read a book (or a few books) by a person of color during the month of February and share what you’re reading and what you’ve learned using the hashtag #BHMReadingChallenge. For bonus points, read an additional book looking at the dynamics of race in our country and in our world.
I’ve started a list below and I would love for you to share other suggestions. Obviously, this list just scratches the surface of the millions of great books you could choose to read. This list includes books on my own list, books by my friends, and great books I’ve already read. Many of them are Christian and many are written by women because… well, because it’s my list!
One important note: A couple of the books about race are written by white people for white audiences. These are important books and deeply necessary conversations. However, for my #BHMReadingChallenge purpose, these are *bonus books* since they are not written by people of color.
So happy February! Let’s read and listen and learn together!
- All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way
- Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
- The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right
- Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree
- Reconciliation Reconsidered
- White Jesus: The Architecture of Racism in Religion and Education
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism*
- Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race*
- Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption