Books are the preferable Kwanzaa gift, says local NAACP President John R. Hayes. Below are a few suggestions, most of them available at the library, or at local independent bookstores.
• Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture, by Maulana Karenga.
• Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, by Lerone Bennett Jr. (“This should be every African-American’s Bible,” declares Hayes.).
• Coming Together: Celebrations for African-American Families, by Harriette Cole and John Pinderhughes.
• The Souls of the Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois.
• Visions for Black Men, by Na’im Akbar.
• The Book of African-American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters, by Tonya Bolden.
— Rebecca DeRosa