Complete list of Black literature recommendations

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Book Title Author Year Published Genre
Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson Palestine And The Foundations Of A Movement Angela Daivs 2016 Non-Fiction
Answering The Call: An Autobiography Of The Modern Struggle To End Racial Discrimination In America Nathaniel R Jones 2016 Non-Fiction
Black Lives Matter & Music: Protest Intervention Reflection Fernando Orejuela Stephanie Shonekan 2018 Non-Fiction
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander 2010 Non-Fiction
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women Of Color Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa 1983 Non-Fiction
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race Jesmyn Ward 2016 Non-Fiction
Fourth City: Essays From The Prison In America Doran Larson 2013 Non-Fiction
The White Problem In America the editors of Ebony 1966 Non-Fiction
Too Much Schooling Too Little Education: A Paradox Of Black Life In White Societies Mwalimu J Shujaa 1994 Non-Fiction
Let Nobody Turn Us Around Voices Of Resistance Reform And Renewal: An African American Anthology Manning Marable Leith Mullings 2009 Non-Fiction
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? Mumia Abu-Jamal 2017 Non-Fiction
We Want Freedom: A Life In The Black Panther Party Mumia Abu-Jamal 2004 Non-Fiction
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 1993 Non-Fiction
Blindspot: Hidden Biases Of Good People Mahzarin R Banaji 2013 Non-Fiction
How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young And Arab In America Moustafa Bayoumi 2008 Non-Fiction
A Black Women’s History Of The United States Daina Ramey Berry 2020 Non-Fiction
Antiracism, Inc. Why The Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters Felice Blake 2019 Non-Fiction
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness Austin Channing Brown 2018 Non-Fiction
Strategies For Deconstructing Racism In The Health And Human Services Alma Carten; Alan Siskind; Mary Pender Greene 2016 Non-Fiction
Between The World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 Non-Fiction
We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy Ta-Nehisi Coates 2017 Non-Fiction
If They Come In The Morning; Voices Of Resistance Angela Daivs 1971 Non-Fiction
Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Daivs 2003 Non-Fiction
White Fragility: Why It’S So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism Robin J DiAngelo 2018 Non-Fiction
Skin Trade Ann DuCille 1996 Non-Fiction
Bad Feminist: Essays Roxane Gay 2014 Non-Fiction
Caught: The Prison State And The Lockdown Of American Politics Marie Gottschalk 2016 Non-Fiction
American Sonnets For My Past And Future Assassin Terrance Hayes 2018 Poetry
Dust Tracks On A Road: An Autobiography Zora Neale Hurston 1984 Non-Fiction
#Hashtagactivism: Networks Of Race And Gender Justice Sarah J Jackson 2020 Non-Fiction
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons On How To Wake Up Take Action And Do The Work Tiffany Jewell; Aurelia Durand 2020 Non-Fiction
How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir Saeed Jones 2019 Non-Fiction
Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That A Movement Forgot Mikki Kendall 2020 Non-Fiction
Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America Ibram X Kendi 2016 Non-Fiction
How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X Kendi 2019 Non-Fiction
Heavy: An American Memoir Kiese Laymon 2018 Non-Fiction
Sister Outsider: Essays And Speeches Audre Lorde 1984 Non-Fiction
The Inner Work Of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves And Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness Rhonda V Magee 2019 Non-Fiction
Pushout: The Criminalization Of Black Girls In Schools Monique W Morris 2018 Non-Fiction
The Condemnation Of Blackness: Race Crime And The Making Of Modern Urban America Khalil Gibran Muhammad 2011 Non-Fiction
African-Centered Pedagogy: Developing Schools Of Achievement For African American Children Peter C Murrell 2002 Non-Fiction
Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood Trevor Noah 2016 Non-Fiction
So You Want To Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo 2019 Non-Fiction
An African American And Latinx History Of The United States PaulOrtiz 2018 Non-Fiction
Young Gifted And Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African-American Students Theresa Perry 2003 Non-Fiction
For Malcolm; Poetry On The Life And The Death Of Malcolm X Dudley Randall 1967 Non-Fiction
Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine 2014 Non-Fiction
Engineering And Social Justice Donna (Donna M) Riley 2005 Non-Fiction
Superior: The Return Of Race Science Angela Saini 2019 Non-Fiction
The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities To Help You Challenge Privilege Confront Systemic Racism And Engage In Collective Healing Anneliese A; Wise Tim; Wing Sue Derald Singh 2019 Non-Fiction
Invisible Man Got The Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’S Education Mychal Denzel Smith 2016 Non-Fiction
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson 2014 Non-Fiction
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History In The Old South Michael Twitty 2017 Non-Fiction
America’S Original Sin: Racism White Privilege And The Bridge To A New America Jim Wallis 2016 Non-Fiction
Men We Reaped: A Memoir Jesmyn Ward 2014 Non-Fiction
The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story Of America’S Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson 2010 Non-Fiction
Malcolm X: The Last Speeches Malcolm X 1989 Non-Fiction
The Autobiography Of Malcolm X Malcolm X 1965 Non-Fiction
A People’S History Of The United States: 1492-Present Howard Zinn 2013 Non-Fiction
Black Skin White Masks Frantz Fanon 1967 Non-Fiction
Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory And Southern Identity Patricia G (Patricia Gail)Davis 2016 Non-Fiction
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 1969 Fiction
Fledgling: A Novel Octavia E Butler 2005 Fiction
Kindred Octavia E Butler 2003 Fiction
Parable Of The Sower Octavia E Butler 2012 Fiction
Homegoing: A Novel Yaa Gyasi 2016 Fiction
The Book Of Night Women Marlon James 2009 Fiction
Beloved Toni Morrison 2007 Fiction
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison 1993 Fiction
The Underground Railroad: A Novel Colson Whitehead 2016 Fiction
The Nickel Boys: A Novel ColsonWhitehead 2019 Fiction
Red At The Bone Jacqueline Woodson 2019 Fiction
Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 2014 Fiction
Sing Unburied Sing: A Novel Jesmyn Ward 2017 Fiction
Breath Eyes Memory Edwidge Danticat 1994 Fiction
Sula Toni Morrison 2004 Fiction
Brown Girl In The Ring Nalo Hopkinson 1998 Fiction
Lot: Stories BryanWashington 2019 Fiction
Transcendent Kingdom Yaa Gyasi 2020 Fiction
Stella By Starlight Sharon M (Sharon Mills) Draper 2015 Young Adult
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip M Hoose 2009 Young Adult
Monday’S Not Coming: A Novel Tiffany D Jackson 2018 Young Adult
Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’S Guide To The Key Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Time James Kilgore 2015 Young Adult
March: Book One John Lewis 2013 Young Adult
March Book Two John Lewis 2015 Young Adult
March Book Three John Lewis 2016 Young Adult
The Silence Of Our Friends Mark Long 2012 Young Adult
How It Went Down Kekla Magoon 2014 Young Adult
Monster Walter Dean Myers 1999 Young Adult
A Wreath For Emmett Till Marilyn Nelson 2005 Young Adult
All American Boys Jason Reynolds 2015 Young Adult
X: A Novel Ilyasah Shabazz 2015 Young Adult
Dear Martin Nic Stone 2017 Young Adult
Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred D Taylor 1991 Young Adult
On The Come Up Angie Thomas 2019 Young Adult
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas 2017 Young Adult
Piecing Me Together ReneÃÅe Watson 2017 Young Adult
Hush Jacqueline Woodson 2002 Young Adult
This Is My America Kim Johnson 2020 Young Adult
Black Enough: Stories Of Being Young & Black In America Zoboi Ibi 2019 Young Adult
The Undefeated Kwame Alexander 2019
Children & Families
Knock Knock: My Dad’S Dream For Me Daniel Beaty 2013
Children & Families
Last Stop On Market Street Matt De La Pena 2015
Children & Families
Underground Shane Evans 2011
Children & Families
I Too Am America Langston Hughes 2012
Children & Families
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats 1962
Children & Families
Freedom River Doreen Rappaport 2000
Children & Families
Long Way Down Jason Reynolds 2017
Children & Families
I Love My Hair! Natasha Tarpley 1998
Children & Families
Freedom On The Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins Carole Boston Weatherford 2005
Children & Families
Genesis Begins Again Alicia Williams 2019
Children & Families
One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia 2010
Children & Families
Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson 2012
Children & Families
Brown Girl Brownstones Paule Marshall 1981
Children & Families
Becoming Michelle Obama 2018 Non-Fiction
The Dead Are Arising: The Life Of Malcolm X Payne and Tamara Payne Les 2020 Non-Fiction
Before The Ever After Jacqueline Woodson 2020
Children & Families
When Stars Are Scattered Jamieson and Omar Mohamed illustrated by Iman Geddy Victoria 2020
Children & Families
The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett 2020 Fiction
Black Bottom Saints: A Novel Alice Randall 2020 Fiction
The Talk: Conversations About Race Love & Truth Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (editors) Wade 2020
Children & Families
Me And White Supremacy: Combat Racism Change The World And Become A Good Ancestor Layla F Saad 2020 Non-Fiction
The Freedom Artist Ben Okri 2019 Fiction
Finna: Poetry Marshall Marshall Nate Nate 2020 Poetry
The Death Of Vivek Oji: A Novel Akwaeke Emezi 2020 Fiction
Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle For The Ballot Box DionneEvette 2020
Children & Families
Such A Fun Age ReidKiley 2019 Fiction
The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir André Leon Talley 2020 Non-Fiction
The Shadow King Maaza Mengiste 2019 Fiction
I Am Every Good Thing Barnes illlustrated by Gordon C James Derrick 2020
Children & Families
Everything Man: The Form And Function Of Paul Robeson Shana L Redmond 2020 Non-Fiction
I Don’t Want To Die Poor: Essays Michael Arceneaux 2020 Non-Fiction
Homie: Poetry Danez Smith 2020 Poetry
Party Of Two Jasmine Guillory 2020 Fiction
Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Rights Era Jerry Mitchell 2020 Non-Fiction
A Promised Land Barack Obama 2020 Non-Fiction
Remembrance Rita Woods 2020 Fiction
Riot Baby Tochi Onyebuchi 2020 Fiction
The City We Became: A Novel NK Jemisin 2020 Fiction
The Color Of Law Richard Rothstein 2017 Non-Fiction
Antiracist Baby Ibram X Kendi 2020
Children & Families
Notes Of A Native Son James Baldwin 1955 Non-Fiction
Grown Tiffany Jackson 2020 Young Adult
Pet Emezi Akwaeke 2019 Young Adult
One Person No Vote (Ya Version) Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden 2019 Young Adult
One Person No Vote Carol Anderson 2018 Non-Fiction
Warrior Poet: A Biography Of Audre Lorde Alexis De Veaux 2004 Non-Fiction
W E B Du Bois’S Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America The WEB Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Whitney Battle-Baptiste (Editor) Britt Rusert (Editor) 2018 Non-Fiction
Solitary: A Biography Albert Woodfox 2019 Non-Fiction
Don’t Call Us Dead: Poetry Danez Smith 2017 Poetry
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge 2017 Non-Fiction
Rebel Beverly Jenkins 2019 Fiction
Let Us Dream Alyssa Cole 2017 Fiction
An American Marriage Tayari Jones 2018 Fiction
The Water Dancer Coates Ta-Nehisi 2019 Fiction
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? Beverly Daniel Tatum 1997 Non-Fiction
Caste Wilkerson Isabel 2020 Fiction
Hair Love Matthew A Cherry Illustrated by Vashti Harrison 2019 Fiction
The Mamba Mentality Kobe Bryant 2020 Non-Fiction