Reflecting on Last Year's Black Legacy Month

Black Legacy Month 2022 Post-it Notes

We are excited to celebrate this year’s Black Legacy Month with you by sharing a project we did last year in collaboration with the Fletcher Africana Club. We brought together the Fletcher community to highlight the names of black writers, poets, filmmakers, and artists that inspire us. Community members wrote their recommendations on Post-it notes and placed them on a whiteboard in the library.  

As we enter this year’s Black Legacy Month, we hope that this list allows you to recognize and reflect on the struggles, successes, and remarkable contributions of African Americans. You can view the list below.



Mark Bradford – with paintings that live in the realm of collage, assemblage + sculpture, it’s hard to not be influenced or fall in love with Bradford’s work.


Just Above My Head by James Baldwin

Essays by James Baldwin:

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

All about Love by bell hooks

Black Looks by bell hooks

Queer Freedom: Black Sovereignty by Ana-Maurine Lara

In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe

Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Olio by Tyehimba Jess

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

When Race, Religion & Sports Collide by Dr. Darron Smith

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Women’s Liberation of the African Freedom Struggle by Thomas Sankara

Jazz by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

A Burst of Light: Essays by Audre Lorde

Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

Begin Again by Eddie Glaude (2020)

Democracy in Black by Eddie Glaude

Native Son by Richard Wright

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Kitchen table series by Carrie Mae Weems

So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Maya Angelou


“Calling in Culture” (Ted Talk) by Loretta Ross

Black is King by Beyonce + (other prominent artists)