BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by unveiling a special book list.

Staff members are recommending about 20 titles which they say would help readers learn not only about black history, but the history of the U.S.

"This nation was built with more than just one particular group's hands, blood, and sweat," says librarian Rakisha Kearns-White. "We were all involved in the building of this nation and people should be recognized."

The reading list includes "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest J. Gaines, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston, and "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.

Great Books for Black History Month