Classics Guaranteed To Inspire African-Americans

By: Motivational Day staff writer Mike Shelby
May 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Motivational Day is the premier source for all things motivational: speakers, books, blogs, news, success stories, quotes, posters, songs, and more.  Their staff has just enhanced the visitor experience with a brand new book review section for African-Americans.    

Motivational Day book reviews will be classified by genre and then again by sub-topic--ensuring visitors get exactly what they are searching for.   The reviews will cover African-American books for women, men, relationships, teenagers, students, entrepreneurs, best-sellers, and much more.  After they introduce a new sub-topic, visitors of the site will be granted convenient updates via blog post & twitter.  In addition, staff will provide regular site wide news updates.

Each genre reviewed will display five book suggestions made by the Motivational Day staff, one of which will be their featured book of that group.  After reading the initial review, visitors will be able to click on the book’s picture or title for more information regarding that work.  If at any time visitors feel a certain title was omitted and should be considered for upcoming reviews, they are encouraged to send them an email for that title’s consideration.

The first sub-topic discussed in this new book review section is African-American Books.  This category is rich in well-known standards such as: A Raisin In The Sun, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Invisible Man, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and The Souls Of Black Folk. Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun grabs your full attention and doesn’t let go. The heartfelt story of a struggling black family trying to make it on the South Side of Chicago, will stir reader’s emotions like few other books can.  The award-winning play is a perennial favorite of theater groups from coast to coast.

Not only did Zora Neale Hurston’s writing appear in major print media, but she also advised on a number of Hollywood screenplays.  The author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, takes readers back in time, to a rural Florida town.  It is here that they meet the main character Janie Crawford, who has been married to three different men and is on trial for the murder of one of them.  Hurston’s novel breathes authenticity into her characters and then unto the books pages, but she received a fair amount of criticism for it at the time.  Despite the critique, many literary circles champion behind her writing today.    

Ralph Ellison was trained to be a musician, but a meeting with writer Richard Wright changed his career path for good.  The Invisible Man is more than a story about race relations and the difficulties for blacks in 1950’s--it is a quest for truth.  The winner of the National Book Award for Fiction and a listing in Modern Library’s 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, The Invisible Man takes us on an exploration for answers to life questions.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the autobiographical story of award-winning writer Maya Angelou. This constant favorite walks through the early life of Angelou--the racism experienced, her feeling of abandonment, and sexual abuse to her discovery of freedom through the written word.  

A benchmark in books on black sociology, The Souls Of Black Folk serves its purpose.  W.E.B Dubois’s classic was written more than 100 years ago, but its relevancy hasn’t diminished with the times.  The sociologist, professor, and activist was the first to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University.  For more on these African-American books visit us at,, and
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