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  1. Most of us became familiar with the ethnonym African American in the 1980s, when Jesse Jackson began popularizing it as an alternative to black. (An ethnonym is a name by which an ethnic or racial group is known.) But the term is much older than that: recently, I found an example dating back to the earliest days of the American republic.

  2. This name generator will give you 10 random African-American names. The names in this generator are those that rose in popularity during and after the 1960s civil rights movement. During this period of time identity and individuality became more important, as up to that time pretty much all Americans shared the same relatively low amount of ...

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  4. The uninterrupted history of Blacks in the United States began in 1619, when 20 Africans were landed in the English colony of Virginia. These individuals were not enslaved people but indentured servants—persons bound to an employer for a limited number of years—as were many of the settlers of European descent (whites).

  5. Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. Another YA fantasy by a Nigerian American author, Beasts Made of Night features mythical creatures made from sin. Taj is a sin-eater, indentured to a mage to slay the sin beasts. Most sin-eaters eventually go mad. Beasts Made of Night is full of political intrigue and injustice.

  6. 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. Waiting to Exhale (Waiting To Exhale #1) by. Terry McMillan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 23 times as african-american-fiction) avg rating 3.98 — 15,898 ratings — published 1992. Want to Read.

  7. Without further ado, check out these 30 must-read African American literature books. 1. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923) Buy on Amazon. Add to library. The versatile, lyrical writer Jean Toomer produced only one novel during his long and varied career, which ranged from poetry to essays about his Quaker faith.

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