Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X

Since 1976, The United States has officially recognized February as Black History Month or African American History Month, though its origins began a half-century earlier. The annual observance is dedicated to the acknowledgement, remembrance, and celebration of notable, influential black people throughout history and their experiences. There is much debate about the validity and usefulness of Black History Month. Detractors argue that relegating the entire black human experience to one month is impossible, limiting and undesirable, while supporters maintain that the month-long recognition is a way to assure the names and stories of black citizens and heroes in history continue to be taught, recognized and remembered.

AbeBooks offers an immense collection of books about the black experience, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and beyond. If you'd like to learn more, search using the title, author or keyword field below to find the book you want. If you're not sure where to start, we've made a list of suggested books for Black History Month below.