I believe an apt addition to the course would be The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The issues and depth of this book and the topics it covers like abuse, trauma and love. I think maybe not the whole book would be needed as a text, but sections could definitely be utilized within the syllabus. Moreover, it can be connected and linked to other text or visual texts and used as a point of comparison for larger discussions about certain issues. Especially ideas around some of the more complex points of conflict within the black community.