100 Essential Black Books


Mar 17, 2013
Keeping my overhead low, and my understand high
  1. A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society) by James H. Cone
  2. A Hard Road To Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete: Vol 3 1946-Present by Arthur Ashe
  3. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  4. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  5. AFRICA MUST UNITE by Kwame Nkrumah
  6. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
  7. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America; Sixth Revised Edition by Lerone Bennett
  8. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  9. Black Betty by Walter Mosley
  10. Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in America by E. Franklin Frazier
  11. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  12. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace
  13. Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton
  14. Black Power : The Politics of Liberation by Kwame Ture
  15. Black Reconstruction In America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois
  16. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  17. Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Amiri Baraka
  18. Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America—An Anthology by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen
  19. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman
  20. Cane by Jean Toomer
  21. Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States by William Wells Brown
  22. Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans by James M. Washington
  23. Damballah (Homewood Trilogy) by John Edgar Wideman
  24. Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby
  25. David Walker’s Appeal by David Walker
  26. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams
  27. Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
  28. Faith And The Good Thing by Charles Johnson
  29. Fences (1950s Century Cycle) by August Wilson
  30. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  31. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin
  32. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  33. God’s Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembène
  34. Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children by Marian Wright Edelman
  35. I Have A Dream/ Also Letter From Birmingham Jail (Tale Blazers)by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  36. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  37. If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes
  38. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  39. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  40. Jubilee by Margaret Walker
  41. Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta
  42. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  43. Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
  44. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
  45. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
  46. Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe
  47. Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  48. Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed
  49. My Soul is a Witness: African-American Women’s Spirituality by Gloria Wade-Gayles
  50. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  51. Native Son by Richard Wright
  52. Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989 by Stanley Crouch
  53. Our Nig: Or, Sketches From the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson
  54. Praisesong For The Widow by Paule Marshall
  55. Race Matters by Cornel West
  56. Roots by Alex Haley
  57. Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud
  58. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton by Bobby Seale
  59. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  60. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
  61. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson
  62. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  63. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
  64. Spirits of the Passage by Cornel West
  65. Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophyby George G. M. James
  66. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women by Iyanla Vanzant
  67. The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As told to Alex Haley) by Malcolm X
  68. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
  69. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James
  70. The Blacker The Berry… by Wallace Thurman
  71. The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel by David Bradley
  72. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  73. The Conjure Stories (Norton Critical Editions) by Charles W. Chesnutt
  74. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership by Harold Cruse
  75. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  76. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  77. The Hero And the Blues by Albert Murray
  78. The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself by Olaudah Equiano
  79. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941: I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad
  80. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1914-1967, I Dream a World by Arnold Rampersad
  81. The Lyrics Of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  82. The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams
  83. The New Negro: Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke
  84. The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans: Or, Africa for the Africans by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
  85. The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  86. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  87. The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee
  88. The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry
  89. The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith by Samuel D. Proctor
  90. The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes
  91. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
  92. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  93. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima
  94. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  95. Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah
  96. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  97. W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis
  98. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan
  99. We a BaddDDD People. by Sonia Sanchez
  100. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel by Bebe Moore Campbell

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Jul 8, 2017
Above the fray.
pretty good list !

would only remove and replace with these