Whether your patrons have been following these writers for years or are discovering their work for the first time, be ready to recommend these eight short story and essay collections written or curated by bestselling, award-winning, and debut black authors. Read more
by Emily Parliman, Editor at Listening Library
TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM is an award-winning memoir by Lynda Blackmon Lowery who, at age 15, was the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, as part of the 1965 Selma Rights Voting March. The book was adapted for stage by director Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire) and actress Damaras Obi. Lynda told WMAC Northeast Public Radio: “The first time I saw [Damaras] I was in awe. This girl is awesome.” We were lucky enough to have Damaras narrate the audiobook, with Ally directing. Here they discuss what it was like to adapt the memoir into a play, and then collaborate on the audiobook: Read more
Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners?
Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this audiobook helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. Read more
Share powerful stories with patrons, including essential non-fiction and historical listens, biographies of notable black heroes, and award-winning stories from bestselling authors. Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of African Americans. Help patrons learn more about black history and start important discussions at your library by sharing these must-listen stories. Read more
Share powerful stories with young listeners, including essential non-fiction and historical listens, biographies of notable black heroes, and award-winning stories from bestselling authors. Plus, request two FREE CD samplers and learn how you can further diversify your audio collection at HearDiversity.com. Read more