Black History Month



Black History: A Reading List






Abolitionist Movement
The Anti-Slavery Movement edited by Jodie Zdrok-Ptasze

Affirmative Action
The Pursuit of Fairnes: A History of Affirmative action by Terry H. Anderson

The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom by Marcus Rediker

Black Hair
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd

Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-hop by Yuval Taylor

"Baad bitches" and Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films by Stephane Dunn

Brown v. Board of Education
Linda Brown, You are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision: A Collection

Civil Rights Movement
Documentary History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement edited by Peter B. Levy

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

Dred Scott Case
The Dred Scott Case: Slavery and Citizenship by D.J. Herda

Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo

Fifteenth Amendment
The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment by William Gillette

Freedmen's Bureau
Forty Acres and a Mule: The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Land Ownership by Claude F. Oubre

People Get Ready!: A New History of Black Gospel Music by Bob Darden




Harlem Renaissance
Harlem Speaks: A Living History of the Harlem Renaissance

Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 by Lars Bjorn

Jim Crow Laws
The Jim Crow Laws and Racism in American History by David K. Fremon

Loving v. Virginia
Loving v. Virginia: Interracial Marriage by Karen Alonso

Plessy v. Ferguson
We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson by Keith Weldon Medley

Rap Music
The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama by Elijah Wald

Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End segregation by Rawn James

Separate but Equal
Separate, but Equal: The Mississippi Photographs of Henry Clay Anderson by H.C. Anderson

Slave Narratives
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Slave Trade
To be a Slave by Julius Lester

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis

Thirteenth Amendment
The Thirteenth Amendment: Ending Slavery by Elizabeth Schleichert

Underground Railroad
Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad 







Birmingham Bombing
Last chance for justice : how relentless investigators uncovered new evidence convicting the Birmingham church bombers by T.K. Thorne

Colfax Massacre
The day freedom died : the Colfax massacre, the Supreme Court, and the betrayal of Reconstruction by Charles Lane

Harpers Ferry
Midnight rising : John Brown and the raid that sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Los Angeles Riots of 1992
Official negligence : how Rodney King and the riots changed Los Angeles and the LAPD by Lou Cannon

March on Washington
Nobody turn me around : a people's history of the 1963 march on Washington by Charles C. Euchner

Memphis Race Riot of 1866
A massacre in Memphis : the race riot that shook the nation one year after the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash

Montgomery Bus Boycott
The thunder of angels : the Montgomery bus boycott and the people who broke the back of Jim Crow by Donnie Williams

Selma to Montgomery March
Child of the civil rights movement by Paula Young Shelton

Tulsa race riot of 1921
The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan







Barack Obama
Barack Obama: Our Forty-Fourth President by Catherine Nichols

Black Cowboys
Guts : legendary black rodeo cowboy Bill Pickett by Cecil Johnson

Black Indians
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage

Black Panther Party
The Black Panthers Speak

Booker T. Washington
Guest of honor : Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House dinner that shocked a nation by Deborah Davis

Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson
It is well with my soul : the extraordinary life of a 106-year-old woman by Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson

Emmett Till
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe

Frederick Douglas
Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings

George Washington Carver
The Groundbreaking, Chance-taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science & Invention in America by Cheryl Harness

Harriet Tubman
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford




Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

Little Rock Nine
The power of one : Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine by Judith Bloom Fradin

Malcom X
A marked man : the assassination of Malcolm X by Matt Doeden

Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Patricia Sullivan

Phillis Wheatley
Hang a thousand trees with ribbons : the story of Phillis Wheatley by Ann Rinaldi

Rodney King
The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption by Rodney King

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks

Scottsboro Boys
The Trial of the Scottsboro Boys by David Aretha

Sojourner Truth
Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Thurgood Marshall
Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions, and Reminiscences by Thurgood Marshall

Tuskeegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen mutiny at Freeman Field by James C. Warren

W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois: A Twentieth-Century Life by Tonya Bolden

Zora Neale Hurston
I Love Myself when I am Laughing ... and then Again When I am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader by Zora Neale Hurston


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