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Spotlight on African American literature

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In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2010 and Black History Month during February 2010, LSU Libraries offers you a recommended reading list of current publications relating to the African American identity. As always, unless they have been checked out, all of these books are available to you via LSU Libraries:

To get the call number for the book you want to read, click on the book and scroll down to the area that reads “Find a Copy in the Library.”

In addition to the books described on this list, many other authors have contributed to the impressive canon of African American Literature.  Search the LSU Libraries catalog (available at: for the following authors to locate works that explore the African American identity:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Toni Morrison
  • Langston Hughes
  • Alice Walker
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Ralph Waldo Ellison
  • Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Wallace Thurman
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • J. California Cooper
  • James Baldwin
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Richard Wright
  • Elizabeth Laura Adams
  • Sarah Lee Brown Fleming
  • Ernest J. Gaines

Special thanks to Linda Smith Griffin (LSU Libraries Liaison to the African and African American Studies Program),  Alice Daugherty, and Sigrid Kelsey, for compiling this list of books and authors.

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