Black History Month: 10 must-read classics by African American authors

Check out some of the most celebrated books to offer insight into the broad range of the African American experience in the United States.

3. ‘Native Son,’ by Richard Wright

Bigger Thomas is a young African American man who is headed for jail after killing a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Although not trying to justify Bigger's behavior, Wright lays bare the systemic inevitability behind the events. Ultimately, Bigger is seen as a product of the society that formed him.

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