Black Voices in Literature

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Conjure Women

Afia Atakora

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A tale of two generations of women, folk healers who carry the secrets of their community while bearing the brunt of its antebellum past and its reconstructed present.

The Travelers

Regina Porter

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With piercing humor, exacting dialogue, and a beautiful sense of place, Regina Porter's debut is both an intimate family portrait and a sweeping exploration of what it means to be American today.

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

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Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut--the launch volume of her Legacy of Orisha series

The Fire Next Time

James Baldwin

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At once a powerful evocation of his childhood in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, The Fire Next Time, which galvanized the nation in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

Sula

Toni Morrison

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Morrison's first novel, "The Bluest Eye" (1970), was acclaimed as the work of an important talent. "Sula" has the same power, the same beauty. At its center is a friendship between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injures.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou's debut memoir captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.

Black Skin, White Masks

Frantz Fanon

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A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, "Black Skin, White Masks" is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world.

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta

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Inspired by her mother's stories of war and Nigeria's folktale traditions, Under the Udala Trees is Chinelo Okparanta's deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Angela Y. Davis

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Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.

The Weight of the Stars

K. Ancrum

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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn't an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the "wrong" side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends. One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann's offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the girls are brought together despite themselves--and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria's mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Anniversary)

Michelle Alexander

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During the past decade, no single book was more directly responsible for reshaping how the American public understands race and mass incarceration than Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow."

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

George M. Johnson

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In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood and adolescence growing up as a gay black man.

But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies

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These essays capture everything from a black women's place in art to racism and sexism, feminist thought and lesbian studies to political theories and ideologies.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

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Facing a year of night riders and burnings, Cassie and her family continue their struggle to keep their land and hold onto what rightfully belongs to them, despite the difficult battles they must continue to endure in this Newbery Award winning novel.

The Awakening of Malcolm X

Tiffany D. Jackson and Ilyasah Shabazz

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A powerful fictionalized account of Malcolm X's adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter along with 2019 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe award-winning author.

Angel of Greenwood

Randi Pink

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Life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography

Geraldine Audre Lorde

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Lorde, best known for her poetry and essays, leaves us with this autobiography of her early years as a writer, and as a struggling black lesbian in NYC. Slowly, through gentle inflections of her Grenadian roots and development of the ideas of Caricou society, she stitches together a number of very personal 'mythographies,' ultimately weaving a telling of her life.

The Mothers

Brit Bennett

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In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a what if can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue

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Imbolo Mbue's debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream tells the story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

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Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander

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Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

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Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi Statate Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

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Eleven-year-old George Washington Black - or Wash - a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is intially terrified when he is chosen to be the manservant of his master's brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist.