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As a young black woman grows and matures, there are a number of books she should read to help stimulate and inspire her. These books, written by some of the greatest African American authors of our time, serve as a right of passage for young black women. They provide an opportunity to educate black women on our history, provoke thought, and provide cultural references. Check out a brief list of some of the books every young black woman should read. And if you’re older and haven’t checked out these reads yet, please do!

Toni Morrison

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

This first novel written by Toni Morrison examines racism, incest, and skin tone complexities many black women face. The controversial book is one of the many novels written by Morrison that we recommend. Song of Solomon and Beloved are also great reads by the legendary author.

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