I got this idea from listening to Rev. Al’s radio show. He and George Curry were talking about books about Black folk, and Mr. Curry has made a list.

Here it is.

Your History: From the Beginning of Time to Present By J.A. Rogers
African People in World History By John Henrik Clarke
Africa: Mother of Civilization By Yosef be-Jochannon
Fifty Days on Board a Slave Vessel By Pascoe G. Hill
The Origin of Race and Color By Martin R. Delany
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro with Complete Proof By J.A. Rogers
The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. By Chancellor Williams
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans By John Hope Franklin
The Negro in the Making of AmericaBy Benjamin Quarles
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America (1619-1962) By Lerone Bennett, Jr.

Frederick Douglass By Benjamin Quarles
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom By Catherine Clinton
In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process By A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
David Walker’s Appeal
The Militant South, 1800-1861 By John Hope Franklin
The Strange Career of Jim Crow By C. Vann Woodward
Origins of the New South, 1877–1913 By C. Vann Woodward
The Ku Klux Spirit By J.A. Rogers
100 Years of Lynching By Alan Ginzburg
At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America By Philip Dray
The Autobiography of W.E. B. DuBois
Up from Slavery By Booker T. Washington
The Soul of Black Folk By W.E. B. DuBois
The Guardian of Boston: William Monroe Trotter By Stephen R. Fox
Crusader for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells
A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching By Paula J.Giddings
The Negro in the Civil War By Benjamin Quarles
Black Reconstruction By W.E.B. DuBois
Black Power U.S.A.: The Human Side of Reconstruction 1867-1877 By Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream By Lerone Bennett, Jr.
The Mis-Education of the Negro By Carter G. Woodson
Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World: Essays and Selected Documents Edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey and Elaine M. Smith
The Philadelphia Negro By W.E. B. DuBois
W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 (Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) by David Levering Lewis
W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century (Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) by David Levering Lewis
The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey Edited by Amy Jacques Garvey
The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Edited by Robert A. Hill
Shades of Freedom By A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker By A’Lelia Bundles
Buffalo Soldiers By Tom Willard
Here I Stand By Paul Robeson
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson By Paul Robeson, Jr.
Paul Robeson: A Biography By Martin Duberman
Banneker: The Afro-American Astrologer By Will W. and David Murray
Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams By Robert Peterson
I Never Had It Made By Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson: A Biography By Arnold Rampersad
A Hard Road to Glory: A History of African-American Athletes (Three Volumes) By Arthur R. Ashe, Jr
Stephin Fletchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry By Mel Watkins
Fighting for America: Black Soldiers – The Unsung Heroes of World War II By Christopher Paul Moore
Go Up for Glory By Bill Russell
Born to Rebel: An Autobiography By Benjamin Mays
All Deliberate Speed: Reflecting on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of Education By Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by James M. Washington
An American Death: The True Story of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Greatest Manhunt of Our Time By Gerold Frank
Code Name Zorro: The Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. By Mark Lane and Dick Gregory
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down By Ralph David Abernathy
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement By John Lewis
An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America By Andrew Young, Jr.
A Time to Speak, a Time to ACT: The Movement in Politics By Julian Bond
To Praise Our Bridges: An Autobiography By Fannie Lou Hamer
The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches By Myrlie Evers-Williams
In the Struggle: SNCC and Black Awakening in the 1960s By Clayborn Carson
SNCC: The New Abolitionists By Howard Zinn
Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson By Cynthia Griggs Fleming
Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement By James Farmer
Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young, Jr. By Dennis C. Dickerson
Vernon Can Read! A Memoir By Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
Sammy Young, Jr.: The FirstBlackCollege Student to Die in the Black Liberation Movement By James Forman
Black Power: The Politics of Liberation By Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles V. Hamilton
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma By Charles V. Hamilton
Coming of Age in Mississippi By Anne Moody
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., And The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography) By David J. Garrow
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (Pulitzer Prize for History, 1988) By Taylor Branch
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 By Taylor Branch
At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968 By Taylor Branch
My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered By Howell Raines
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X: The FBI File By Clayborne Carson
The Muhammad Ali Reader By Gerald Early
The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United StatesBy Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall
Lion in the Lobby: Clarence Mitchell Jr.’s Struggle For the Passage of the Civil Rights Laws By Denton L. Watson
The Longest Debate:A Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act By Charles Whalen and Barbara Whalen
Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; By David J. Garrow
The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo By Gary May
In the Shadow of Selma: The Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights in the Rural South By Cynthia Griggs Fleming
Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench By Michael D. Davis and Hunter R. Clark
My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. By Coretta Scott King
For Us, the Living By Myrlie Evers with William Peters
Standing Fast: The Autobiography of Roy Wilkins
Jesse Jackson: The Man, The Myth, The Movement By Barbara A. Reynolds
The Essence of Fred Hampton Edited by William Hampton, et al.
Racial Matters: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America 1960-1972 By Kenneth O’Reilly
Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s By Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer
Open Wide Freedom’s Gates: A Memoir By Dorothy Height
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention By Manning Marable
The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History By William Loren Katz
The Life and Adventures of Nat Love By Nat Love
The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail By Charles E. Cobb, Jr

I think JJP readers could definitely add to this list. Please post books that you’ve read, fiction or non-fiction, about the Black experience. I bet the JJP readers will come up with great additions to this list.

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