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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul
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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh
A new interpretation of the life of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture --Recommended by Paul
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The Dead Are Arising
The Life of Malcolm X
Les Payne, Tamara Payne
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.
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His Truth Marching On
John Lewis and the Power of Hope
Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America
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The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Delia Owens says "tackles the absurdities, injustices, and corruption of a continent"
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Assata
An Autobiography
Assata Shakur
This autobiography is essential reading at any time, but is particularly relevant now as our racist and misogynist systems continue to fail us. Shakur courageously resisted death, imprisonment and a politic intent on her demise. Her story is invaluable. —Recommended by Solomon
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
As Told to Alex Haley
Malcolm X
Malcolm X understood the ways in which both Western media and history would depict him with horns and as a symbol of violence. Being so much more than this, this book is eye-opening, transformative, and of the highest literary merit. A Must-Read! —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In our own moment, when that confrontation feels more urgently needed than ever, what can we learn from his struggle?
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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane
The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans
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Bluff City
The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers
Preston Lauterbach
Ernest Withers was photographer of the some of the most legendary images of the 50s and 60s and also an FBI informant. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that informed Withers's seeming betrayal of the people he photographed...
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The Bomb
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn's personal, historical, and political views on the significance of the U.S. bombings of Royan and Hiroshima
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Braiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer
"Kimmerer, Ph.D. and citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, provides an invaluable look at where we are, what damaging, normalized practices got us here, and how we can heal ourselves and the Earth." - ​Recommended by Anna
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
An Indian History of the American West
Dee Brown
Detailed from many tribes' histories: the story of how we destroyed the Native American peoples. It will make you weep at the end of each chapter. —Recommended by Don, City Lights Books

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