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DREF Sister Scholars Recommends its 2021 Summer Reading List

It’s summer time, and the reading is easy! Check out this year’s list of recommended books from the DREF Sister Scholars Advisory Council.  It is presented in two parts: Non-Fiction and Fiction.  Surely, there’s something here that will grab your interest and become a page-turner to add something that you need to make your days of summer memorable and rewarding. Let the words, characters, settings, twists and turns, facts, literary expertise, and more take you away!  Let your summer reading flow in the direction that you desire to go, whether it is serious , historical, relaxing, or complicated. Let our recommended book titles take you there!  Enjoy your reading and have a safe summer. (Click on the subject line to obtain the list)

Let the words, characters, settings, twists and turns, facts, literary expertise, and more take you away!  Let your summer reading flow in the direction that you desire to go, whether it is serious , historical, relaxing, or complicated. Let our recommended book titles take you there!  Enjoy your reading and have a safe summer. 

Non-Fiction

  • How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Cicely Tyson: Just As I Am—A Memoir
  • We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Democracy by the late Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
  • Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  • Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism by Wanda S. Lloyd
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that A Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
  • 100 Years of Excellence in Action: Washington (DC) Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. by Majorie Kinard and Vinette Saunders

 Fiction

  • No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
  • Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin
  • Leave Love Alone by Viola Maxwell-Thompson
  • Make Me Rain (poems & prose) by Nikki Giovanni
  • Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
  • Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
  • How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

For the Young Readers 

Released in 2021- The Awakening of Malcolm X: A Novel by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz; tells the story of Malcolm’s young adult years; suitable for ages 12-18. Prior to writing about her father, the author wrote a book that was published in 2018 about her mother, and it is entitled Betty Before X and it chronicles Dr. Betty Shabazz’s life before she married Malcolm X; readers age 10 to 14 are urged to read the book.

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