100 Essential Black Books

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oh word, which ones you think are wack and which ones are poppin?


The ones that are poppin are the ones in the theme that @Get These Nets and @ab.aspectus posted. Black prosperity, the black experience, black theology, black businesses, black culture, etc

The other ones have that "we shall overcome" theme to them, which doesn't interest me
 

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If we can get a selection of non typical black books that would be essential reading for the black man. im throwing in george orwell 1984.

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
 

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This is my favorite book that i own. It’s only $22 on amazon for the hardcover, which is an absolute steal. Would make a great gift for someone this holiday season too. 220 pages, printed on thick stock. Not just art, but a lot of in-depth writing about the BPP as well.

 
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I remember this thread. The Schomburg Center came out with a list recently. Maybe it came out last Summer, but I just read a BHM article that mentioned it.

Your thoughts and how many of your faves made the list?
 

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I may have missed it, but I didn’t see “The Mis-Education of the Negro” on that list.

That’s wild to me.
 

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I remember this thread. The Schomburg Center came out with a list recently. Maybe it came out last Summer, but I just read a BHM article that mentioned it.

Your thoughts and how many of your faves made the list?


Good list. Even included some of the books that I dropped in my previous post.

Glad to see the inclusion of Colson Whitehead. He's one of my favorite black author's right now.

Got a chance to meet him when he spoke at the University of Chicago a few years back.

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