28 Black History Month Books

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

For 28 days this month, we shared a free book for our followers to check out on our Facebook page. Did you miss out on the greatness? Don't worry, check out the list below. You don't have to only educate yourselves this month only. These books can and should be read year round. I hope you enjoy, and if you have any suggestions, leave a comment on our Facebook page and we will get back to you.

1). African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision

This book explores the rich past and bright future of the nine Black Greek-Letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In the long tradition of African American benevolent and secret societies, intercollegiate African American fraternities and sororities have strong traditions of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood among their members, exerting considerable influence in the African American community, and being on the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, Carol Moseley Braun, Bill Cosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Washington Carver, Hattie McDaniel , and Bobby Rush are among the many trailblazing members of these organizations. The rolls of African American fraternities and sororities serve as a veritable who's who among African American leadership in the United States and abroad. African American Fraternities and Sororities places the history of these organizations in context, linking them to other movements and organizations that predated them and tying their history to one of the most important eras of United States history―the Civil Rights struggle.

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2). Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work

Zora Neale Hurston, one the first great African-American novelists, was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance and an inspiration for future generations of writers. Suitable for high school and college-level students, this book provides information on Hurston's life and work.

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3). The Mis-Education of the Negro

The thesis of this book is that African-Americans of the 1930s, when the book was first published, were being culturally conditioned, rather than taught, in American schools. "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions."

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4). Moonlight Movie Transcript

A moving, transcendent, award-winning look at 3 defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

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5). From Toussaint to Tupac

This focuses on three moments in global black history: the American and Haitian revolutions, the Garvey movement and the Communist International following World War I, and the Black Power movement of the late twentieth century. Contributors demonstrate how black internationalism emerged and influenced events in particular localities, how participants in the various struggles communicated across natural and man-made boundaries, and how the black international aided resistance on the local level, creating a collective consciousness.

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6). The Cultural Unity of Black Africa

This is a profound contribution to the universal store of knowledge in that it situates the geographical and cultural origins of patriarchy and matriarchy in Europe and Africa respectively, and shows that social systems evolve out of specific climatic and environmental factors.

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7). Black Feminist Thought

In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. The result is a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought.

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8). The Story of the SNCC

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the major Civil Rights Movement organizations of the 1960s. It emerged from the first wave of student sit-ins and formed at a May 1960 meeting organized by Ella Baker at Shaw University.

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9). Unsung Heroes

Famed women's rights advocate Elizabeth Ross Haynes presents this collection of short biographies on some of history's most influential, though least known, heroes. The text includes chapters on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Paul Cuffé, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and many more.

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10). Biko Lives!

This collection looks at the on-going significance of Black Consciousness, situating it in a global frame, examining the legacy of Steve Biko, the current state of post-apartheid South African politics, and the culture and history of the anti-apartheid movements.

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11). To Keep the Waters Troubled