17 Books by Black Female Authors that Should Really Be on Your Bookshelf

“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”

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All over the United States, people are protesting the murder of George Floyd, who died at the hands of a white police officer, and the treatment of Black people by American individuals and institutions. Whether you've donated to the cause, protested alongside your fellow citizens, or held discussions with those close to you, as allies, there is always one more step for you to take. Which leads me to my next point. Take a look at your bookshelf; take a look at the authors on your bookshelf; are you missing something or someone? If so, you've come to the right place. There's something in this mix for everyone, from mind-blowing science fiction to heartwarming memoirs, but all have one thing in common: They were written by an amazing Black female authors. These Black authors have thought of it all, so all you have to do is read. Get ready to find your next favorite author, here.