Reading List 2013


  1. Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  2. Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith – Tommie Smith
  3. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: An Informal Autobiography – Lorraine Hansberry
  4. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lord


  1. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: a Radical Democratic Vision – Barbara Ransby
  2. An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad – Claude Andrew Clegg II
  3. Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire – Carol Jenkins, Elizabeth Gardner Hines
  4. In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. – Will Haygood
  5. In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line – George Hutchinson
  6. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates – Wes Moore, Tavis Smiley


  1. A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines
  2. A Mercy – Toni Morrison
  3. Brothers and Sisters – Bebe Moore Campbell
  4. Cane – Jean Toomer
  5. Child of God – Lolita Files
  6. Darkest Child: A Novel – Delores Philips
  7. Erasure – Percival Everett
  8. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  9. Jazz – Toni Morrison
  10. Linden Hills – Gloria Naylor
  11. Mama – Terry McMillan
  12. Native Son – Richard Wright
  13. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  14. Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
  15. Someone Knows My Name: A Novel – Lawrence Hill
  16. Tambourines to Glory – Langston Hughes
  17. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man – James Wheldon Johnson
  18. The Blacker the Berry – Wallace Thurman
  19. The Salt Eaters – Toni Cade Bambara
  20. The White Boy Shuffle – Paul Beatty
  21. Third Girl From the Left – Martha Southgate
  22. Tumbling – Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  23. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage


  1. Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
  2. Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man – Harold Battiste


  1. A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa – Howard W. French
  2. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism – Bell Hooks
  3. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation – Stokely Carmichael, Charles V. Hamilton
  4. Brotherman – Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
  5. Fraternity: In 1968 a visionary priest recreuited 20 black men to the College of the Holy Cross and changed their lives and the course of history – Diane Brady
  6. Homelands and Waterways: the American Journey of the Bond Family, 1845-1926 0 Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot
  7. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans form Colonial Times to Present – Harriet A. Washington
  8. Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television – Donald Bogle
  9. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde
  10. Slaves in the Family – Edward Ball
  11. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  12. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander


  1. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler

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