Books for Black History Month

Books for Black History Month
February 17, 2021

Books for Black History Month

A curated selection of books by Black and African American authors. The first section contains nonfiction books available electronically. The second section contains both nonfiction and fiction titles that you can request for pickup from the library. We hope you find something to meet your reading interests. 



Twelve years a slave : narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana
Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863?, author.

Belonging a culture of place
Hooks, Bell.

Black Women and Social Justice Education : Legacies and Lessons
Evans, Stephanie Y., et al.
SUNY Press, 2019. 

Black Movements : Performance and Cultural Politics
Colbert, Soyica Diggs.
Rutgers University Press, 2017.

Power to the People : the World of the Black Panthers
Shames, Stephen, and Bobby Seale.
Abrams, 2016. 

Colored No More : Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C.
Lindsey, Treva B.
University of Illinois Press, 2017. 

Pioneering Cartoonists of Color
Jackson, Tim.
University Press of Mississippi, 2016. 

Black Women in Sequence : Re-Inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime
Whaley, Deborah Elizabeth.
University of Washington Press, 2016. 

Milestone Documents in African American History
Nix, Echol Lee, and Keturah C. Nix.
Schlager Group, 2018. 

African American History
Nix Jr., Echol, and Keturah C. Nix.
Grey House Publishing, 2017.

Print Books

Request any of these titles by clicking the link, choose Sign In and then Request. Pickup at the Luria Library during our Curbside Hours.


A Pursued Justice : Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights
Gilbert, Kenyatta R.
Baylor University Press, 2016. 

We Are Your Sisters : Black Women in the Nineteenth Century
Sterling, Dorothy.
W.W. Norton, 1984. 

What Is African American History?
Dagbovie, Pero Gaglo.
Polity Press, 2015. 

The African American Experience : Black History and Culture through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories
Wright, Kai.
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2009. 

Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Trump
Harris, Duchess.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 

Chocolate Cities : the Black Map of American Life
Hunter, Marcus Anthony, and Zandria F. Robinson.
University of California Press, 2018. 

Soul of a Nation : Art in the Age of Black Power
Godfrey, Mark, et al.
Tate Publishing, 2017. 

Adventures in ShondaLand : Identity Politics and the Power of Representation
Griffin, Rachel Alicia, and Michaela D. E. Meyer.
Rutgers University Press, 2018. 

In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., author.

Shaking the tree : a collection of new fiction and memoir by Black women
Danquah, Meri Nana-Ama.

The undiscovered Paul Robeson : an artist's journey, 1898-1939
Robeson, Paul, Jr., 1927-2014.

Malcolm X : a life of reinvention
Marable, Manning, 1950-2011.

Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
Obama, Barack.

Brown girl dreaming
Woodson, Jacqueline, author.

The yellow house
Broom, Sarah M., author.

Blue rage, black redemption : a memoir
Williams, Stanley Tookie, 1953-2005.

March : Book One
Lewis, John, 1940-2020.
Small Press Expo Collection; Aydin, Andrew, author.; Powell, Nate, illustrator.

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine
Bernard, Emily, 1967- author.

Yes, chef : a memoir
Samuelsson, Marcus.; Chambers, Veronica.

The new Negro : the life of Alain Locke
Stewart, Jeffrey C., 1950- author.

Breathe : a letter to my sons
Perry, Imani, 1972- author.

Between the world and me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.

Dust tracks on a road
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.

The origin of others
Morrison, Toni, author.; Coates, Ta-Nehisi, writer of foreword.

The autobiography of Malcolm X
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965


How long 'til black future month?
Jemisin, N. K., author.

The awkward black man : stories
Mosley, Walter, author.

What we lose : a novel
Clemmons, Zinzi, author.

Sing, unburied, sing : a novel
Ward, Jesmyn, author.

Heads of the colored people : stories
Thompson-Spires, Nafissa, author.

If Beale Street could talk : a novel
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, author.

The hate u give
Thomas, Angie, author.

Speak no evil : a novel
Iweala, Uzodinma author.

The water dancer : a novel
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.

Gyasi, Yaa, author.

The mothers : a novel
Bennett, Brit, author.

Hitting a straight lick with a crooked stick : stories from the Harlem Renaissance
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.; West, Margaret Genevieve, editor, writer of introduction.; Jones, Tayari, writer of foreword.; Hurston, Zora Neale.

Dark matter : reading the bones
Thomas, Sheree R.

Childrens Books

The undefeated
Alexander, Kwame, author.; Nelson, Kadir, illustrator.

Freedom in Congo Square
Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.; Little Bee Books, publisher.; Christie, R. Gregory, 1971- illustrator.; Evans, Freddi Williams, writer of foreword.

Nyong'o, Lupita, author.; Harrison, Vashti, illustrator.

Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Steptoe, Javaka, 1971- author, illustrator.; Little, Brown and Company, publisher.

Double bass blues
Loney, Andrea J., author.; Gutierrez, Rudy, illustrator.

Parker looks up : an extraordinary moment
Curry, Parker, author.; Curry, Jessica, author.; Jackson, Bea, 1986- artist.