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Black History Month (mobile): Books

Recommended reading and viewing from the library's collection in celebration of Black History Month. This page has been modified for mobile viewing.

Recent Nonfiction

The Making of Black Lives Matter

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

So You Want to Talk about Race

Between the World and Me

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Democracy in Black: How race still enslaves the American soul

Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Bad Feminist: Essays

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Locking up Our Own: crime and punishment in black America

Negroland: A Memoir

Becoming Ms. Burton: From prison to recovery to leading the fight for incarcerated women

Fiction Print Books

Another Brooklyn

The Bluest Eye

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Invisible Man


The Color Purple

Their Eyes Were Watching God


The Nickel Boys

Sing, Unburied, Sing

The Turner House

God Help the Child

Brown: Poems

The Hate U Give


The Underground Railroad: A Novel

Just Above My Head

Nonfiction Print Books

The Fire Next Time

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray

The Color of Law: A forgotten history of how our government segregated America

Never Caught: The Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

The Blood of Emmett Till

The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire

The Autobiography of W.E.B. DuBois

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Children's Books

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

As Brave as You

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

For Everyone






The Gold Cadillac

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Amazing Grace

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Freedom in Congo Square

Trombone Shorty

Yesterday I Had the Blues

When I Am Old with You

Thunder Rose

Tar Beach

My Family Plays Music


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut


Home to Harlem

Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change

They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I


Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom

Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism

The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America

Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male.

Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge

The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the Reconstruction Era

Autobiography and Black Identity Politics: Racialization in Twentieth-century America

Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Michelle Obama in Her Own Words

Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology

Freedom's Promise: Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation

Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism

The Journey to the Promised Land: The African American Struggle for Development since the Civil War

The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia

The Third Door: The Autobiography of an American Negro Woman

We Are Our Own Liberators: Selected Prison Writings

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