In celebration of Black History Month,  the TWU History Department has recommended a list of books to help us learn about and honour the accomplishments of blacks throughout history and appreciate the diversity of our community.

Each week during the month of February, TWU Library will be highlighting these important and foundational works.

We hope that you will check out these titles!

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself by Harriet Jacobs.
A firsthand account of slavery in America. This title is a haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina and of her final escape and emancipation, Harriet Jacobs’s classic narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published pseudonymously in 1861, tells firsthand of the horrors inflicted on slaves.

Liberating Black Church History: Making it Plain by Juan M. Floyd-Thomas.
This title narrates the transformation of Black faith and culture in the North American context from enslavement to emancipation. Further, this title discusses Black people’s confrontation with the crisis of segregation and how it led to the culmination of the civil rights struggle in the United States and beyond.

Religion and the Making of Nigeria (ebook) by Olufemi Vaughan.
This title examines how Christian, Muslim, and indigenous religious structures have provided the essential social and ideological frameworks for the construction of contemporary Nigeria. Using a wealth of archival sources and extensive Africanist scholarship, this title races Nigeria’s social, religious, and political history from the early nineteenth century to the present.

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (ebook) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
This title places the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debates over the Alamo and Christopher Columbus, the author offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
This acclaimed work of fiction tells a simple story of a “strong man” whose life in pre-colonial Nigeria at the end of the nineteenth century is dominated by fear and anger. This novel challenges Western notions of historical truth, and prods readers into questioning our perception of pre-colonial and colonial Africa.