Published by Joanna | SCOJO New York on Feb 1st 2022
In the U.S. and Canada, February is recognized as Black History Month: a time to understand Black histories, spotlight Black achievement, and recognize the rich legacy of Black Americans and Canadians. In a time of upheaval and division, it is now more important than ever to recognize and uplift the continuing legacy of Black individuals, and to combat prejudice and racism.
SCOJO New York has always been committed to equality. We strongly urge our partners, customers and friends to increase awareness, understanding and change by continually self-educating and committing to acts that advance and uphold racial justice. For February, SCOJO New York is donating 50% of all sales from our BluLite Broome Street frames to the Black Writers Collective, a nonprofit organization originally founded in 1998 to support and link Black writers worldwide to each other.
Broome Street is available in three colors: Mineral Tortoise, Sheer Smoke and Tortoise.
And to further support Black writers for Black History Month, all of the works we're featuring for this February's book club selection are from Black authors.
Pictured: Amanda Gorman, Roxane Gay, Tomi Adeyemi
Check out our top picks below:
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid tells the story of Emira Tucker, a young Black woman wrongfully accused of kidnapping a white child. This debut novel by Reid skillfully explores themes privilege, wealth, transactional relationships and white saviorism.
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay is a searing, candid memoir detailing the author's emotional and psychological struggles with food, weight, self-image and her experience as a survivor of sexual violence.
- The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman is a keepsake edition of the electrifying poem that captivated the country and made Gorman the youngest presidential inaugural poet in history.
- More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth is the best-selling, award-winning memoir of the former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief as she unpacks lessons on race, identity and success.
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams centers around the titular character, a British-Jamaican woman named Queenie Jenkins, as she navigates a break-up, attempts to date and confronts her family life with the support of her friends.
- Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola is a rich and beautifully crafted anthology of myths, folktales and love stories from around the world.
- Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories, edited by Jacob Ross, showcases the work of various Black British writers, from unpublished newcomers to award-winning writers.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi will appeal to fans of young adult fantasy novels. The book follows the adventures of heroine Zélie Adebola as she works to restore magic to the kingdom after its practice has been brutally suppressed by the ruling class.
This February, we hope you take some time to reflect on the importance of equality.
Edit: $500 was donated to the Black Writers Collective, thank you to everyone who contributed with their purchase of Broome Street!