Happy Black History Month!

Each February we take time to honor the contributions made by African Americans in the various aspects of our society. Whether they’ve helped to break legal barriers (Thurgood Marshall), make history as a recording artist (Ray Charles), or run their own business empire (Oprah Winfrey), they’ve helped to make our country what it is today.

They’ve also made their presence felt in literature. Here is a list of five contemporary African-American authors who have definitely made a connection with readers. If you haven’t already read one of their books, check one out today.


Connie Briscoe is the author of several works, and also happens to be deaf. Her works focus on romance, but usually have something more momentous to say. Try:

Stephen L. Carter has a background in academia and law (he even served as a clerk for Thurgood Marshall!), subjects you can definitely see have influenced his writing. Try:

J. California Cooper is a playwright who’s also becoming known for her short stories. She feels comfortable with contemporary and historical issues. Try:

Rita Dove served as the Poet Laureate of the U.S. from 1993 – 1995 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 (only the second African-American to do so). Try:

Thomas Sowell is an economist and social commentator, and is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Try:

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