12 Memoirs By Black Women That You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

memoirs by Black women


I love to read, and memoirs by Black women is one of my favorite genres.

I’m sure it has a lot to do with me being a Black woman.

Seeing how other women like me were able to create lives that are meaningful and impactful, in whatever way, is inspiring.

Even though that’s the draw of the genre for me, I promise you don’t have to be a Black to be inspired, informed, or entertained by these autobiographies.

Learn more about the Black experience by reading memoirs by Black women

Over the last couple of years there’s been a great interest in Americans wanting to get a better understanding of the African-American experience.

I love that! And it’s about time. 

Reading memoirs by Black women and getting their first person accounts does a few things:

  1. You’re able to get detailed, transparent information that real Black women in your life may not feel comfortable telling you. Or that might be too laborious for them to share with you due to the background education they may have to give you. 
  2. You support the creative and financial livelihood of a Black woman author.
  3. It enlarges your world and gives you a broader perspective of other human experiences on this earth besides your own.

Dang, I got a little deep there, huh? It’s all true, though.

Memoirs By Black Women

Black Women Memoirs

Black women have been the backbone of society since the beginning of time, and should be celebrated.

Here is a list of books to help you learn more about the contributions African-American women have had on our world—many times in their own words!

talk to the Black women in your life

These books are just the beginning and the least you can do to learn more about the experiences of Black women in this country.

Be careful not to put the women in these memoirs on a pedestal while overlooking the Black women you actually know. Like, in real life.

Talk to the Black women in your life, listen to them, get to know them.

If you’re really seeking understanding and community, do the work. Trust me, the rewards are worth it!

memoirs by Black women

If you have a middle-schooler, check out these free Black history printables that I created!

Check your library for these books if you aren’t able to purchase. Most of them are available!

If you would like to own them for yourself, you can sign up for a free trial Prime membership at Amazon to have them delivered for free in 2 days.

Also, Kindle Unlimited often has Black history books available. I love the service. It’s less than $10/month and I can read a huge selection of books. Try out this free trial of Kindle Unlimited. 

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