Black History Month

Updated February 2, 2024
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Emmett Till : the murder that shocked the world and propelled the civil rights movement
Anderson, Devery S.
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement offers the first, and as of 2018, only comprehensive account of the 1955 murder, the trial, and the 2004-2007 FBI investigation into the case and Mississippi grand jury decision. By all accounts, it...
I know why the caged bird sings
Angelou, Maya.
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American...
The yellow house
Broom, Sarah M.
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction A New York Times Bestseller Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review Named one of the "10 Best Books of 2019" by the New York Times Book Review, Seattle...
Between the world and me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi.
Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"
Hurston, Zora Neale
New York Times Bestseller *  TIME Magazine's Best Nonfiction Book of 2018 * New York Public Library's Best Book of 2018 * NPR's Book Concierge Best Book of 2018 * Economist Book of the Year *'s Best Books of 2018 * Audible...
Vanguard : how black women broke barriers, won the vote, and insisted on equality for all
Jones, Martha S.
The epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power -- and how it transformed America. In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this...
The sword and the shield : the revolutionary lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Joseph, Peniel E.
This "landmark" (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist) dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic...
True : the four seasons of Jackie Robinson
Kennedy, Kostya
Winner of the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year True is a probing, richly-detailed, unique biography of Jackie Robinson, one of baseball's--and America's--most significant figures. For players, fans, managers, and executives, Jackie Robinson...
My life, my love, my legacy
King, Coretta Scott
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPRThe New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice The Washington Post's Books to Read in 2017 USA Today, "New and Noteworthy" Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017
You have to be prepared to die before you can begin to live : ten weeks in Birmingham that changed America
Kix, Paul
From journalist Paul Kix, the riveting story, never before fully told, of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign--ten weeks that would shape the course of the Civil Rights Movement and the future of America. It's one of the iconic photographs of American history: A Black teenager, a...
March (2013), Book Two
Lewis, John.
Welcoming justice : God's movement toward beloved community
Marsh, Charles
We have seen progress in recent decades toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of beloved community. But this is not only because of the activism and sacrifice of a generation of civil rights leaders. It happened because God was on the move. Historian and theologian Charles Marsh partners...
A dream of freedom : the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968
McWhorter, Diane.
A stirring history of the Civil Rights movement in America by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of CARRY ME HOME. In this history of the modern Civil Rights movement, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter focuses on the monumental events that occurred between 1954 (the year...
All that she carried : the journey of Ashley's sack, a Black family keepsake
Miles, Tiya
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER · A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives. In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named...
The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates
Moore, Wes.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the governor of Maryland, the "compassionate" (People), "startling" (Baltimore Sun), "moving" (Chicago Tribune) true story of two kids with the same name from the city: One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat...
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
Obama, Barack.
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father--a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man--has...
Obama, Michelle
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States   #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY * OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER * ONE OF...
Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space
Shetterly, Margot Lee
The uplifting, amazing true story--a New York Times bestseller! This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly's acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space...
Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Stevenson, Bryan
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX * A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential...
A more beautiful and terrible history : the uses and misuses of civil rights history
Theoharis, Jeanne
Praised by The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Bitch Magazine; Slate; Publishers Weekly; and more, this is "a bracing corrective to a national mythology" (New York Times) around the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement has...
Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir
Trethewey, Natasha D.
An Instant New York Times Bestseller  A New York Times Notable Book  One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020 Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness, Esquire, Electric Literature, Slate, The Los...
Black boy : (American hunger) : a record of childhood and youth
Wright, Richard
Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering. When Black...

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