The theme of Black History Month in the U.S. this year focuses on ‘health and wellness’; a chance to celebrate and educate about the sacrifices, innovations and contributions of those who have made a difference in all our lives. This includes the writers, poets and storytellers who share their words of truth, guidance and love with the world.
We can all learn from each other, even finding the words composed by someone else speaks directly to our own needs; a balm to the soul. There are so many resilient and powerful writers; revealing that taking care of our well-being is connected to much more than we may realize.
The following six quotes are from Black women who move mountains with their words; imparting knowledge and experience that we can all benefit from.
A self-described “quiet poet” and author who has written two poetry collections; ‘Salt’ (2013) and ‘Nejma’ (2014); that tackle racial identity, love and feminism.
A wellness educator, spiritual practitioner and writer who authored ‘Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power’ (2019); a spirituality-guided self-help book.
An artist, poet, author, speaker and activist who has written four books (thus far) with the first being ‘Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life’ (2018); a poetry collection of affirmations and inspiration.
A prolific writer, feminist, civil rights activist and self-proclaimed “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”; author of ‘Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches’ (1984) and many other seminal works.
Morgan Harper Nichols
A writer, musician, songwriter, mixed-media artist and poet who has authored ‘Peace is a Practice’ (released February 15th 2022); an encouraging guide to find peace and purpose.
A writer, breathwork coach and author of a number of poetry books, guided journals and essays focused on community building and self-care practices that lead to healing and mindfulness. Her latest publication, ‘How We Heal’ will be coming out later this year.
When we discover some writing that resonates with us, it can often articulate what we’re experiencing; helping to navigate delicate moments or times of struggle. What we connect with opens us up to the work needed to grow; support, inspiration, motivation and self-discovery can be a page turn or a paragraph away.
Which authors, poets and writers are you celebrating this Black History Month? Do you have any books/works you’d recommend?
Books By Black Authors We Can’t Wait To Read In 2022 – Book-Ish (Refinery29)
Black History Month 2022: A TFC Reading List – The Century Foundation