Top 7 Books Celebrating Black Mothers by Black Authors

Hey Sis!

I’ve been digging into some really amazing books lately that I just can’t wait to share with you. These Top 7 Books Celebrating Black Mothers by Black Authors aren’t just any books, though – they’re all about Black mothers and motherhood, and they’re all penned by incredible Black authors. From heart-wrenching tales to inspiring memoirs, these books have made me laugh, cry, and most importantly, think.

So, are you ready to explore some powerful stories together? Let’s dive into this list of Top 7 Books Celebrating Black Mothers by Black Authors that paint an intimate portrait of Black motherhood. Whether you’re a book lover, a mom, or just someone looking for new perspectives, these books are sure to leave a lasting impression. So, get comfy, grab a cup of your favorite drink, and let’s get started.

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a masterpiece of literature that examines the destructive legacy of slavery. It follows the life of a Black woman named Sethe, from her pre-Civil War days as a slave in Kentucky to her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873. Morrison’s elegant prose, fantastical occurrences, striking characters, and racial tension make this novel a profound exploration of history as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.
  2. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: This debut novel tells the story of a mother and daughter with shared talents for healing and conjuring curses. Set in the South before and after the Civil War, Atakora explores the troubled relationships and dark secrets of plantation inhabitants as the world changes around them, bringing this time period vividly to life​.
  3. The Mothers by Brit Bennett: This novel is set in a tight-knit Black community in Southern California and focuses on the lasting impact of a secret on a grieving girl, her boyfriend, and her best friend. The “mothers” are elderly African American women who devote themselves to the local black church. Bennett’s first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition​.
  4. Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs: In this groundbreaking work, Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Tubbs explores the lives of “the women before the men,” offering a new perspective on these influential figures through the lens of their mothers​.
  5. The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid: This novel tells the story of Xuela Claudette Richardson, a woman of mixed heritage living on the island of Dominica. After losing her mother to childbirth, Xuela must forge her own path from an early age. Kincaid’s novel is a powerful, disturbing, and deeply charged account of one woman’s life, filled with love, fear, loss, and character forging​​.
  6. Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou: In this memoir, Angelou explores her relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter. She delves into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, revealing how the healing and love that evolved between the two women fostered Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights​.
  7. I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite: This book is part memoir, part manifesto about life as a Black British mother. Braithwaite shares her journey to parenthood, discussing everything from postnatal depression to the realization that she can’t fully protect her children from racism. This inspirational guide criticizes the problematically homogenous portrayal of maternity in British media, offering a fresh and timely perspective.

Well, that wraps up our journey through these amazing books celebrating Black mothers and motherhood. I hope you’ve found a few (or all!) of them as compelling as I did. Each of these stories is a testament to the strength, resilience, and boundless love of Black mothers. So, whether you pick up one or all of these books, I promise you’re in for a literary treat. Remember, stories shape our understanding of the world, and by diving into these narratives, you’re embracing a wealth of experiences and perspectives. So, keep reading, keep exploring, and let’s keep sharing these incredible stories. Happy reading, Sis!

Oh and hey! Don’t forget to join The Kuponya Group’s book club, where we gather weekly to discuss our current book selection.

With Love, Lakischa Smith

Meet Lakischa Smith, a proud mother and a dedicated public health advocate. With a Bachelor’s from Dillard University and a Master’s in Public Health from Florida International University, she’s committed to sharing honest narratives about black motherhood. Lakischa believes in fostering sisterhood to combat the pervasive forces of white supremacy, and empowering African American women to be agents of change for future generations. She asserts that recognizing and addressing our community’s struggles is crucial, for healing is the key to moving forward. Armed with the power of education and a deep belief in collective action, Lakischa is determined to ensure that the issues impacting African American maternal health aren’t just seen—they’re addressed and resolved.

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