Black History Month

 

Daughters of the Dust
Daughters of the Dust
By Dash, Julie
2017-04 - Kino Video
0741952836896 Check Our Catalog

 

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John Lewis Good Trouble
John Lewis Good Trouble
By Porter, Dawn
2020-09 - Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
0876964016995 Check Our Catalog

 

This intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis's life and legacy takes us through his more than 60 years of activism -- from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he is today. Dawn Porter's JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE is a moving tribute to the real-life hero at the forefront of many hard-won battles for lasting change. …More
 

Just Mercy
Just Mercy
By Cretton, Destin Daniel
2020-04 - Warner Home Video
0883929701438 Check Our Catalog

 

A powerful and thought provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his …More
 

Circles
Circles
By Friedman, Cassidy
2020-08 - 2k4 Inc "Dba" Indican Pi
0825284203332 Check Our Catalog

 

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Talk to Me
Talk to Me
By Smith, William
Director Hayes, John
2019-04 - Shout Factory
0826663197761 Check Our Catalog

 

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Last Black Man in San Francisco
Last Black Man in San Francisco
By Talbot, Joe
2019-08 - Lions Gate Home Entertainment
0031398306382 Check Our Catalog

 

Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the home built by his grandfather, launching them on a poignant odyssey to find a place to call home. …More
 

Decade of Fire
Decade of Fire
By Irizarry, Vivian Vazquez
Director Hildebran, Gretchen
2020-07 - Passion River Films
0672975284008 Check Our Catalog

 

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx-born Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the …More
 

Fences
Fences
By Washington, Denzel
2018-01 - Paramount - Uni Dist Corp
0032429263520 Check Our Catalog

 

In the turbulent racially charged climate of the U.S. the 1950's, an African American man fights to raise his family. Social oppression, discrimination, and long time anger bubble up from under the surface as he tries to be a role model for his growing children, teaching them how to survive in an unfair world. At the same time he must look within himself and deal with painful events from his own …More
 

Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures
By Melfi, Theodore
2018-09 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
0024543275329 Check Our Catalog

 

A period space-race drama is inspired by the real-life tale of a group of African-American female mathematicians, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who helped put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. …More
 

Selma
Selma
By Duvernay, Ava
2015-09 - Paramount - Uni Dist Corp
0032429212115 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
Academy Awards (2014)

Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava …More
 

Black America Since Mlk: And Still I Rise
Black America Since Mlk: And Still I Rise
By Gates, Jr., Henry Louis
2017-01 - PBS
0841887029445 Check Our Catalog

 

In this series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black …More
 

I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro
By Peck, Raoul
2017-05 - Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
0876964011891 Check Our Catalog

 

Director Raoul Peck takes the unfinished writings of James Baldwin, drawing upon the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore the current racial narrative in America. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. …More
 

If Beale Street Could Talk
If Beale Street Could Talk
By Jenkins, Barry
2019-03 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
0024543566588 Check Our Catalog

 

A young couple is happy to begin their life together as husband and wife. They unexpectedly find themselves pregnant before the nuptials, and are happy to begin two new journeys together. Unfortunately, when the fiance is accused of a heinous crime, it's up to his partner to prove his innocence. The only problem is whether this can be accomplished before they were planning to tie the knot, or …More
 

Hate U Give
Hate U Give
By Tillman, George, Jr.
2019-01 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment
0024543581062 Check Our Catalog

 

Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she's forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of …More
 

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
By Ross, Ramell
2019-06 - Cinema Guild
0881164001252 Check Our Catalog

 

Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, Hale County This Morning, This Evening allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South-trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming-despite the odds. …More
 

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
By Wilkerson, Isabel
2020-08 - Random House
9780593230251 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD - "An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the …More
 

Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
By Coates, Ta-Nehisi
2015-07 - One World
9780812993547 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2016), Alex Awards (2016), Books for a Better Life (2016), Kirkus Prize (2015), Literary Award (2016), National Book Awards (2015)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER - NAMED ONE OF TIME'S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE - PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST - ONE OF OPRAH'S "BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH" - NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and …More
 

His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
By Meacham, Jon
Afterword by Lewis, John
2020-08 - Random House
9781984855022 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND …More
 

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance
By Hurston, Zora Neale
2020-01 - Amistad Press
9780062915795 Check Our Catalog

 

 

From "one of the greatest writers of our time" (Toni Morrison)--the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God--a collection of remarkable stories, including eight "lost" Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time.
 

New York Times' Books to Watch for

Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated …More
 

A Promised Land
A Promised Land
By Obama, Barack
2020-11 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781524763169 Check Our Catalog

 

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making--from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times - NPR - …More
 

Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
By Souza, Pete
Foreword by Obama, Barack
2017-11 - Little Brown and Company
9780316512589 Check Our Catalog

 

Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller -- with a foreword from the President himself.

During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else -- and he photographed them all. Souza captured …More
 

Lifting as We Climb: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream
Lifting as We Climb: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream
By Imani, Blair
Foreword by Cullors, Patrisse
2020-01 - Ten Speed Press
9781984856920 Check Our Catalog

 

A powerful illustrated history of the Great Migration and its sweeping impact on Black and American culture, from Reconstruction to the rise of hip hop.

Over the course of six decades, an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life--a migration that sparked stunning demographic and cultural changes in …More
 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
By Wilkerson, Isabel
2011-10 - Vintage
9780679763888 Check Our Catalog

 

Pulitzer Prize winner Wilkerson chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West, from World War I through the 1970s, through the stories of three individuals and their families. …More
 

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement
By Carruthers, Charlene
2018-08 - Beacon Press
9780807019412 Check Our Catalog

 

A manifesto from one of America's most influential activists which disrupts political, economic, and social norms by reimagining the Black Radical Tradition.

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the …More
 

Becoming
Becoming
By Obama, Michelle
2018-11 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781524763138 Check Our Catalog

 

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER - ONE OF ESSENCE'S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle …More
 

You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
By Robinson, Phoebe
Foreword by Williams, Jessica
2016-10 - Plume Books
9780143129202 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER - "A must-read...Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you."--Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad City

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe …More
 

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
By Channing Brown, Austin
2018-05 - Convergent Books
9781524760854 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - REESE'S BOOK CLUB X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK - From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that exposes how white America's love affair with "diversity" so often falls short of its ideals.

"Austin Channing Brown introduces herself as a master memoirist. This …More
 

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
By Kendi, Ibram X.
2016-04 - Bold Type Books
9781568584638 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
National Book Awards (2016)

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.

Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America -- it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and …More
 

The Last Black Unicorn
The Last Black Unicorn
By Haddish, Tiffany
2017-12 - Gallery Books
9781501181825 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to …More
 

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
By Rhimes, Shonda
- Simon & Schuster
9781476777092 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
Books for a Better Life (2016)

***AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER***

In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life--and how it can change yours too.

She's the creator and …More
 

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
By Khan-Cullors, Patrisse
Author Bandele, Asha
Foreword by Davis, Angela
2018-01 - St. Martin's Press
9781250171085 Check Our Catalog

 

 

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

New York Times Editor's Pick.

Library Journal Best Books of 2019.

TIME Magazine's Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far.

O, Oprah's Magazine's "10 Titles to Pick Up Now."

Politics & Current Events 2018 O.W.L. Book Awards Winner

The Root …More
 

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
By Coates, Ta-Nehisi
2017-10 - One World
9780399590566 Check Our Catalog

 

In this "urgently relevant"* collection featuring the landmark essay "The Case for Reparations," the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me "reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath"*--including the election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller - Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the Los Angeles …More
 

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
By Saad, Layla F.
Foreword by Diangelo, Robin
2020-01 - Sourcebooks
9781728209807 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

"Layla …More
 

This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope
This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope
By Lawson, Shayla
2020-06 - Harper Perennial
9780062890597 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by USA Today, Bitch Magazine, Parade, Salon and Ms. Magazine

From a fierce and humorous new voice comes a relevant, insightful, and riveting collection of personal essays on the richness and resilience of black girl culture--for readers of Samantha Irby, Roxane Gay, Morgan Jerkins, and …More
 

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
By Taylor, Mildred D.
2020-01 - Viking Books for Young Readers
9780399257308 Check Our Catalog

 

The saga of the Logan family--made famous in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry--concludes in a long-awaited and deeply fulfilling story.

In her tenth book, Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century. Cassie Logan, first met in Song of …More
 

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
By Sidibe, Gabourey
- Houghton Mifflin
9780544786769 Check Our Catalog

 

The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir--wise, complex, smart, funny--a version of the American experience different from anything we've read

Gabourey Sidibe--"Gabby" to her legion of fans--skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels's acclaimed movie Precious. In This Is …More
 

The City We Became
The City We Became
By Jemisin, N. K.
2020-03 - Orbit
9780316509848 Check Our Catalog

 

Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a "glorious" story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating …More
 

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
By Caldwell, Patrice
2020-03 - Viking Books for Young Readers
9781984835659 Check Our Catalog

 

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. With stories by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Dhonielle Clayton, J. Marcelle Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, L. L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley …More
 

When You Were Everything
When You Were Everything
By Woodfolk, Ashley
2020-03 - Delacorte Press
9781524715915 Check Our Catalog

 

For fans of Nina LaCour's We Are Okay and Adam Silvera's History Is All You Left Me, this heartfelt and ultimately uplifting novel follows one sixteen-year-old girl's friend breakup through two concurrent timelines--ultimately proving that even endings can lead to new beginnings.

Stunning. --Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin and …More
 

Wow, No Thank You.: Essays
Wow, No Thank You.: Essays
By Irby, Samantha
2020-03 - Vintage
9780525563488 Check Our Catalog

 

*AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

"Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.... irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye."

--Jia Tolentino

From Samantha Irby, beloved author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy …More
 

You Should See Me in a Crown
You Should See Me in a Crown
By Johnson, Leah
2020-06 - Scholastic Press
9781338503265 Check Our Catalog

 

A Reese's Book Club YA Pick

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the …More
 

It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America
It Was All a Dream: A New Generation Confronts the Broken Promise to Black America
By Allen, Reniqua
2019-01 - Bold Type Books
9781568585864 Check Our Catalog

 

Young Black Americans have been trying to realize the promise of the American Dream for centuries and coping with the reality of its limitations for just as long. Now, a new generation is pursuing success, happiness, and freedom -- on their own terms.

In It Was All a Dream, Reniqua Allen tells the stories of Black millennials searching for a better future in spite of racist …More
 

The Vanishing Half
The Vanishing Half
By Bennett, Brit
2020-06 - Riverhead Books
9780525536291 Check Our Catalog

 

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR

 

"Bennett's tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it's especially …More
 

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
By Edim, Glory
2018-10 - Ballantine Books
9780525619772 Check Our Catalog

 

NOMINATED FOR AN NAACP IMAGE AWARD - An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

"Yes, Well-Read Black Girl is as good as it sounds. . . . Glory Edim] gathers an all-star cast of contributors--among them Lynn …More
 

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
By Jerkins, Morgan
2018-01 - Harper Perennial
9780062666154 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of The Roots' 28 Brilliant Books by Black Authors in 2018

A writer to be reckoned with.-Roxane Gay

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by EsquireElleVogueNylon, The Millions, Refinery29, the Huffington Post, Book Riot, Bitch …More
 

Luster
Luster
By Leilani, Raven
2020-08 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374194321 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, O Magazine, Vanity FairLos Angeles TimesGlamour, Shondaland, The New York Times Book ReviewBoston GlobeBuzzfeedKirkusTimeGood HousekeepingInStyleThe GuardianLiterary HubElectric …More
 

Punching the Air
Punching the Air
By Zoboi, Ibi
Author Salaam, Yusef
2020-09 - Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780062996480 Check Our Catalog

 

 

New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year* Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year School Library Journal Best …More
 

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
By Chambers, Veronica
2017-01 - St. Martin's Press
9781250114969 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A NEW IN NONFICTION PEOPLE PICK - A TIME TOP 10 NONFICTION BOOK OF 2017 - NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Huffington Post - Glamour - Bustle - RedEye

Los Angeles Times bestseller

**One of BookRiot's '11 Books to Help Us Make It Through a Trump …More
 

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
By Wills, Shomari
- Amistad Press
9780062437594 Check Our Catalog

 

 

One of Ebony Magazine's True Read picks of 2018

"By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history."--Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Hidden …More
 

A Black Women's History of the United States
A Black Women's History of the United States
By Berry, Daina Ramey
Author Gross, Kali Nicole
2020-02 - Beacon Press
9780807033555 Check Our Catalog

 

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country

In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while …More
 

Black Power 50
Black Power 50
By Diouf, Sylviane A.
Editor Woodward, Komozi
Foreword by Muhammad, Khalil Gibran
2016-09 - New Press
9781620971482 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Black Power burst onto the world scene in 1966 with ideas, politics, and fashion that opened the eyes of millions of people across the globe. In the United States, the movement spread like wildfire: high school and college youth organized black student unions; educators created black studies programs; Black Power conventions gathered thousands of people from all walks of life; and books, …More
 

Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad
Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad
By DeRamus, Betty
2005-02 - Atria Books
9780743482639 Check Our Catalog

 

Gleaned by Pulitzer Prize finalist Betty De Ramus from unpublished memoirs, Civil War records, and from descendants of runaway slave couples, "Forbidden Fruit "is a fascinating collection of true and largely untold stories from the Underground Railroad. …More
 

Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
By Hampton, Henry
Author Fayer, Steve
1991-02 - Bantam
9780553352320 Check Our Catalog

 

In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series "Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer, series writer, draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the civil rights movement …More
 

Oprah: A Biography
Oprah: A Biography
By Kelley, Kitty
2010-04 - Crown Archetype
9780307394866 Check Our Catalog

 

Based on three years of research and reporting as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprahis the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era. Anyone who is a fan of Oprah Winfrey or who has followed her extraordinary …More
 

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
By Arsenault, Raymond
2006-01 - Oxford University Press
9780195136746 Check Our Catalog

 

The author offers a meticulously researched account of the Freedom Rides, one of the most compelling chapters in the history of civil rights. The book paints a harrowing picture of the outpouring of hatred and violence that greeted the Freedom Riders in Alabama and Mississippi. …More
 

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
By Abu-Jamal, Mumia
2017-07 - City Lights Books
9780872867383 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th."--Library Journal, Starred review

"I was fortunate to grow up in a community in which it was apparent that our lives …More
 

Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights
Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights
By Adelman, Bob
Essay by Johnson, Charles
2007-11 - Time Home Entertainment
9781603200004 Check Our Catalog

 

Stirring and triumphant photographs taken by "LIFE" photographer Adelman evoke the heady days of the Civil Rights Movement when America faced its worst nightmare only a generation ago. Concluding on a note of celebration, the photographs reveal ever-increasing signs of racial reconciliation. …More
 

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series): An American Slave
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series): An American Slave
By Douglass, Frederick
Introduction by O'Meally, Robert G.
Notes by O'Meally, Robert G.
2005-08 - Barnes & Noble Classics
9781593080419 Check Our Catalog

 

No book except perhaps "Uncle Tom's Cabin" had as powerful an impact on the abolitionist movement as "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," But while Stowe wrote about imaginary characters, Douglass's book is a record of his own remarkable life.

Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping to …More
 

No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley
By Marley, Rita
Author Jones, Hettie
2008-03 - Hachette Books
9780786868674 Check Our Catalog

 

In "No Woman No Cry," readers learn the never-before-told details of Bob Marley's life, as related by his wife, Rita. 16-page photo insert. …More
 

1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American
1001 Things Everyone Should Know about African American
By Stewart, Jeffrey C.
1996-04 - Doubleday Books
9780385473095 Check Our Catalog

 

In 1001 short, eminently readable essays, Jeffrey C. Stewart, Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, takes us on a journey through five hundred years of African American history. Every important aspect is covered, from the possible discovery of America by Africans to the recent Million Man March. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History is for anyone who …More
 

A Black Way of Seeing: From "Liberty" to Freedom
A Black Way of Seeing: From "Liberty" to Freedom
By Robeson, Paul, Jr.
2006-05 - Seven Stories Press
9781583227251 Check Our Catalog

 

In this powerful and forward-looking indictment of contemporary American politics, Robeson melds history and analysis in a sweeping panoramic discussion of why black empowerment has failed, what it will take for Black Americans to finally cross over to the status of fully empowered citizens, and what the ramifications of this change can be for the country as a whole. …More
 

Children of Fire: A History of African Americans
Children of Fire: A History of African Americans
By Holt, Thomas C.
2010-10 - Hill & Wang
9780809067138 Check Our Catalog

 

In this groundbreaking new book, renowned historian Holt tells the story of how generations of African Americans fashioned a culture and identity amid the turmoil of four centuries of American history. …More
 

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
By Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
2011-11 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307593429 Check Our Catalog

 

The author delivers a landmark book tracing African-American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama. Informed by the latest--sometimes provocative--scholarship and including more than 800 images, "Life Upon These Shores" focuses on defining events, debates, and controversies, as well as achievements. 496 pp. …More
 

100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
By Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
2017-10 - Pantheon Books
9780307908711 Check Our Catalog

 

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers's now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1934, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not.'" Rogers's little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the …More