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Black History Month: Books

Recommended reading and viewing from the library's collection in celebration of Black History Month.

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

Democracy in Black: How race still enslaves the American soul

Between the World and Me

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

So You Want to Talk about Race

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

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Just Above My Head

The Underground Railroad: A Novel


The Hate U Give

Brown: Poems

God Help the Child

The Turner House

Another Brooklyn

The Nickel Boys


Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Color Purple


Invisible Man

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Bluest Eye

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

Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

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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