Black History Month Books for Adults

Celebrate Black History Month with recommended fiction and nonfiction for adults.

Updated January 29, 2024
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My people : five decades of writing about Black lives
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne
Illustrated Black history : honoring the iconic and the unseen
McCalman, George
Before the movement : the hidden history of Black civil rights
Penningroth, Dylan C.
Formidable : American women and the fight for equality, 1920-2020
Griffith, Elisabeth
African Europeans : an untold history
Otele, Olivette
Black firsts : 500 years of trailblazing achievements and ground-breaking events
Smith, Jessie Carney
Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019
Kendi, Ibram X.
The sum of us : what racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together
McGhee, Heather C.
Black girls must die exhausted : a novel
Allen, Jayne
The three mothers : how the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin shaped a nation
Tubbs, Anna Malaika
Monster in the middle
Yanique, Tiphanie
The ground breaking : an American city and its search for justice
Ellsworth, Scott (Historian)
The prophets : a novel
Jones, Robert, Jr.
The 1619 Project : a new origin story
Hannah-Jones, Nikole
The vanishing half
Bennett, Brit

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