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Here are 5 important black authors you should check out right now

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Hello Seattle, we know that you all love to read and we know that you’re looking for ways to support the black community. So with this in mind, we think it’s important to highlight some important black authors from Seattle and around the country.

Ijeoma Oluo

Oluo is the author of the well known and celebrated book “So You Want to Talk About Race”. And she was also named one of the most influential women in Seattle in 2018. So if you’ve been looking for texts to read by black authors, you need to check out her work. And we always love supporting local!

Octavia E. Butler

Butler’s work will transport you to another world. And that’s because she is widely regarded as the mother of the Afrofuturism genre. But if you are unfamiliar with that genre, you can think along the lines of science fiction with black characters, history, and narratives. So if you’re looking for something out of your normal genre, pick up one of Butler’s many books. Psst, she also lived out her life in Lake Forest Park.

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Roxane Gay

We’re sure you’ve heard her name before. And that’s because Roxane Gay’s work dives deep into many of the issues facing women today. For the most part, Gay’s work revolves around feminism and racial issues. So if you’re looking to learn, we highly recommend you read one of her works.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates is both an author and a journalist. And he is well known for his book “Between the World and Me”. His work delves into cultural issues including African American’s and white supremacy. And if you are looking to learn and understand we highly recommend any of his texts but specifically “Between the World and Me”.

Dorothy Roberts

Roberts is an author, scholar, and social justice advocate. And she has written on gender, race, legal issues, and medical racism. And her work looks at ways in which the system can change in order to support black people rather than put them in danger. So we highly recommend looking into her work if you are unfamiliar with the ways in which race and health are intertwined.

Okay, folks, that is just a shortlist of authors for you to start with. We also recommend lists from publications like the New York Times, or following people like Iljeoma on Twitter and other social media channels.

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