As a Christian, I was limited in who I could read and learn from—a short list of dead white men and an even shorter list of living white women and men. Since leaving religion, I’ve opened my mind and heart up to writers from America’s past and present, and it’s been good for me.
Writing their own legacies in the face of injustice and hate—often at the hands of God-followers—these authors offer an abundance of humanist wisdom. After all, if no gods are coming to save us, humanity’s future is up to us. It’s up to all of us.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
The Ways of White Folks: Stories
Zora Neale Hurston
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose