From left to right: Cheryl Clark (Photo credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou (photo credit York College of PA), Angie Thomas, N.K. Jemisin (photo credit: Laura Hanifin). Image sources are linked for each author’s name.
Reading, especially reading fiction, can help to develop empathy. The following writers have created fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and memoirs.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah; Notes on Grief
The Trayvon Generation; Antebellum Dream Book
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; And Still I Rise
Seasons; Maud Martha; Annie Allen
Hope Leans Forward;The Road that Teaches
Queenie; People Person
The Other Side of Paradise; Crossfire
Living as a Lesbian; 48 Years
Blessing the Boats; The Book of Light
The Terrible, Bone
Ordinary People; 26a; A House for Alice
Girl, Woman, Other; Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
Jessie Redmon Fauset
An Untamed State; Graceful Burdens
A Good Cry; Bicycles; Acolytes
Call Us What We Carry; “The Hill We Climb“
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; How Long ’til Black Future Month?
Sister Outsider; The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
The Long Song; Small Island
Becoming; The Light We Carry
Beloved; Song of Solomon; The Bluest Eye
Just Us; The White Card; Citizen: An American Lyric
Lost in Language and Sound; Nappy Edges
Time’s Unfading Garden; The Book of American Negro Poetry
The Hate U Give; On the Come Up
The Color Purple; Gathering Blossoms Under Fire
A Hymn to the Evening; On Being Brought from Africa to America
The Truth About Dolls; Black Girl Magic
Red at the Bone, The Year We Learned to Fly
From left to right: Ntozake Shange, Andrea Levy (photo credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire/PA Images), Michelle Obama (photo credit: Gage Skidmore), Jacqueline Woodson, Valerie Brown, Candace Carty-Williams (photo credit: Emil Huseynzade). Image sources are linked for each author’s name.