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I’ll admit it. I was once a reluctant reader. In high school the only thing that I read were Cliff Notes. My love for reading was ignited while I was in college. I took courses with names like "African-American Literature" and "Women's Literature." After years of being told to read books, that all seemed to taste the same, I was suddenly introduced to books with a variety of wonderful flavors. Decades later, and I've been transformed into what can best be described as a book hoarder.
My go-to reading choices are YA fiction and graphic novels. I'm drawn to dystopian stories, horror, science fiction, and realistic but somewhat tragic stories. I can also get lost in visually amazing books. Books about art, fashion, graphic design, and interior decorating. For me, opening a good book is about collecting and savoring words, memories, stories, and images.
When I think about Black History, I like to reflect on the contributions that black people have made to the world of music. Jazz, blues, folk, classical, soul, rhythm and blues, rock, and my personal...