Books by Black people are usually powerful autobiographies, inspirational essays, and, if fictional, demonstrate real life-based stories of racial discrimination, marginalization, the struggle for civil rights, moral issues and much more.

The topics covered by Black authors help us all learn about life and the way we should live. Which is why some of the world’s most prized authors are black.

In addition, black people from all over the world lead and experience colorful and diverse lives. When authors with unique cultural, political, and spiritual backgrounds publish good books, they make for powerful stories that will open readers’ minds and expand their world view, especially if traveling to these countries is not accessible to them. When reading themes of cultural, political, and spiritual diversity, whether in fiction or non-fiction books, one usually gains a more positive view of the people whose stories are different from their own.

Black people are very effective in showing and documenting, through the arts (including writing) the everyday struggles, emotions, fears, and resilience of black people throughout history. So, if you haven’t picked up a book by a black author lately, you’re missing out on some of the best uses of language, impactful imagery, and storytelling.

Some my favorite black Authors

Below are three of my favorite African-American authors whose writings have left a very beautiful impact on the world:

Ralph Waldo Ellison: He is famous for his essays, short stories, and novels. Ellison won the National Book Award for his book Invisible Man in 1953. 

James Baldwin: Another famous writer of great American Literature was James Baldwin. He had a very broad vision and his way of explaining his point of view was quite different from others. He was insightful in his writings. One of his most famous books, The Fire Next Time, is a non-fiction essay that covered his experience with religion (Christianity and Islam), love and race.

Maya Angelou: Her name never fails to come up when discussing great American literature. Most of Angelou’s writings are based on her life experiences from adulthood to older age. One of her most famous books, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings, is a coming-of-age story that documents her trauma with sexual violence and racism from her adolescent years. However, my favorite book of Maya Angelou is All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, which is an autobiography about the time she lived in Ghana with her son.

I plan to write more about some of my favorite black authors and books, including my favorite Haitian authors. You can also check out my book review page for more book recommendations.

Also, in the comments below, tell us your favorite black author.