With the help of several well read scholars and emerging millennial voices: Writer & activist Melanie Coco Mccoy (@), Hip Hop Artist & Professor, Timothy Welbeck (@TimothyWelbeck ) & Middle Tennessee State History Graduate student, Joshua Crutchfield (@Crutch4), I sought to compile a necessary list of books we felt every young African Americans should read. A list featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and autobiography. From Maya Angelou to Assata Shakur,many of these authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Stemming back to 1845 with Fredrick Douglass's "The Autobiography of Fredrick Douglass". It's these 10 titles have heavily who have contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.
Welcome to The Diaspora Book Club!
The Diaspora Book Club is a new book club for young adults (18-35) to explore the literary contributions of African-American authors and to connect young people nationally/abroad - around the purpose of reading and growing.
I decided to create the Diaspora Book Club because of a need I saw within our generation. Firstly, a lack of positive African American role models in mainstream culture that resonate with youth outside of sports and entertainment. Secondly, the disinterest by my generation in reading and the unfamiliarity of it's transformative power. And lastly, my desire to inspire people and bring people together around literacy - even if they are from the other side of the world!
The first book, we have decided to read is The Autobiography of Malcolm X - which is sure to be a winner! Want to join? Pick up the book and join in the conversation. We are doing so via Twitter (using the Hashtag #DiasporaBC) to share our qoutes, thoughts, and insights with every book we are reading. Exciting!