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  • Writer's pictureOdett Terrazas

Voices of Vision: Diverse Voices in Literature

The following books are instruments of change, catalysts for empathy, and beacons guiding us toward a more inclusive world. For this year's MLK Day, we embark on a literary exploration that echoes King's dream of equality, justice, and understanding. With that, here are five books that connect, reflect, and celebrate the richness of our shared humanity.

1. "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a poignant exploration of the African American experience in the United States. Through a letter to his son, Coates reflects on the challenges, hopes, and complexities of being Black in America. This powerful narrative prompts readers to contemplate the ongoing pursuit of racial justice.

2. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas's groundbreaking novel tackles themes of racism, activism, and identity. Through the eyes of Starr Carter, the story unfolds in the aftermath of a police shooting, addressing the urgent need for change.

3. "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henríquez

Cristina Henríquez weaves a tapestry of immigrant experiences in America. Set in a Delaware apartment complex, the novel introduces readers to a diverse cast of characters from Latin America.

4. "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi's epic novel spans generations and continents, tracing the lineage of two half-sisters and their descendants. "Homegoing" addresses the lasting impact of slavery and the interconnectedness of lives over time. Gyasi's narrative offers a profound meditation on heritage, resilience, and the pursuit of freedom.

5. "The Night Diary" by Veera Hiranandani

This middle-grade novel provides a glimpse into the partition of India in 1947. Through the diary entries of twelve-year-old Nisha, readers witness the upheaval and displacement caused by historical events. "The Night Diary" encourages young readers to empathize with the experiences of others and promotes understanding across cultural divides.

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