Suggested Zawadi (gifts)

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

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