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Standalone Sunday: Black History In Its Own Words by Ronald Wimberly

Happy Sunday night, y’all. It’s been a long day, but this was a great book to unwind with and I’m more than excited to share it with you guys as another feature for Read Diverse Books 2017 & Black History Month. Standalone Sunday is a feature created by Megan @ Bookslayer Reads where every Sunday the goal is to feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series, so take some time to promote a standalone that you read & loved!

My book for this week:

TitleBlack History In Its Own Words by Ronald Wimberly

Release date: February 14th, 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel – Nonfiction, History

Verdict: ☆☆☆☆☆

A look at Black History framed by those who made it.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN ITS OWN WORDS presents quotes of dozens of black luminaries with portraits & illustrations by Ronald Wimberly. Featuring the memorable words and depictions of Angela Davis, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Kanye West, Zadie Smith, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, James Baldwin, Spike Lee and more.

My partner and I found this at our favorite bookstore in Baltimore on Valentine’s Day and immediately purchased it. A collection of 39 portraits of Black artists, writers, musicians, revolutionaries, and visionaries all done in Wimberly’s classic style, Black History is a timeless glimpse into the past through quotes from people who changed their field and changed history for the better in their own unique way. A personal highlight for me was the illustration of Marsha P. Johnson, the Black trans woman who ignited the Stonewall Riots, with her quote, “I may be crazy but that don’t make me wrong.” 


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What is your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments below! Happy reading!

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