CELEBRATING BLACK READS WITH JOI BROWN
“I love the feel of an actual book in my hand.”
“THE FUNCTION OF EDUCATION IS TO TEACH ONE TO THINK INTENSIVELY AND TO THINK CRITICALLY. INTELLIGENCE PLUS CHARACTER – THAT IS THE GOAL OF TRUE EDUCATION.”
– MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Is there anything better than the joy of cracking a new book? Okay, I have something that just might top that… Having a stack of books waiting for you to dive in located on your nightstand. There’s a special sort of beauty in collecting books centered around a theme, pausing to admire them in all their glory, then mindfully digesting each and every single page, book by book. When our friend Joi Brown, SVP of Marketing and Brand Partnerships at Atlantic Records, took to Instagram as a way to share her Black reading list with the world, we were thrilled. “I love the feel of an actual book in my hand,” Joi was quick to share when asked about her inspiration behind this project. The nostalgia of picking up a book and feeling your fingertips graze the pages is enough to make you abandon your phone, at least momentarily.
Beyond the beauty reading holds for us is the beauty reading holds for others, functioning as a tool to deepen relationships. Joi shares, “I’m also gifting the books to a few acquaintances to get to know them better.” We can’t wait to start reading along with Joi – she is sharing her book list on her Instagram. Follow along here and check out our favorites she’s posted so far below.
The Warmth of Other Suns is a thick novel that details America’s Great Migration. Set with three different main characters, this narrative nonfiction tale takes us out of the oppressive Jim Crow South and transports us to the North and West, a promise land that novelist Richard Wright described as “the warmth of other suns.” Poignant and brimming with pride for the incredible feats Black Americans overcame to find a place called home, this novel is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the soul of Black American history a bit better.
Rob Hill, known as the “Heart Healer,” is a Navy veteran, entrepreneur, and author. Driven by his motivational speaking and inspirational perspective on love and relationships, The Missing Piece is a body of work that takes the invaluable lessons he’s learned from his personal struggles and uses them as fodder for growth and healing. A perfect read if you’re feeling called to dig deeper into your own personal truth.
White Rage offers an opportunity to understand America’s wrought relationship to Black Americans. Anderson does a stunning job at taking the reader through the end of the Civil War to the present day, highlighting the devious policies that have disproportionately targeted Black Americans. From the Reconstruction Era’s Black Codes and Jim Crow laws to the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that was met with shuttering public schools throughout the South, this book creates an intricate thread detailing the purposeful disenfranchisement of Black folks for decades. Written with righteous vigor, this book delivers an essential history lesson for anyone who lives in this country.