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Friday, January 23, 2009

Literacy for Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History, wouldn't it be delightful if everyone spent some time becoming familiar with a few great works by Black authors? Sort of a cultural expedition? Here's a list of 100 to get you started.

1. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano - by Olaudah Equiano

2. David Walker's Appeal - by David Walker

3. Narrative of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself - by Frederick Douglass

4. Clotel: or, The President's Daughter - by William Wells Brown

5. Our Nig: or, Sketches from the LIfe of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North - by Harriet E. Wilson

6. Lyrics of Lowly Life - by Paul Laurence Dunbar

7. The Conjure Woman - by Charles W. Chestnutt

8. Up From Slavery - by Booker T. Washington

9. The Souls of Black Folks - by W.E.B. DuBois

10. The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, or Africa for the Africans - by Marcus Garvey

11. Cane - by Jean Toomer

12. The New Negro - by Alain Locke

13. The Blacker the Berry - by Wallace Thurman

14. The Mis-Education of the Negro - by Carter G. Woodson

15. The Ways of White Folks - by Langston Hughes

16. Black Reconstruction in America - by W. E. B. DuBois

17. Their Eyes Were Watching God - by Zora Neale Hurston

18. Native Son - by Richard Wright

19. Black Boy - by Richard Wright

20. Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City - by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton

21. If He Hollers Let Him Go - by Chester B. Himes

22. The Street - by Ann Petry

23. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans - by John Hope Franklin

24. Jesus and the Disinherited - by Howard Thurman

25. Annie Allen - by Gwendolyn Brooks

26. Invisible Man - by Ralph Ellison

27. Go Tell It On the Mountain - by James Baldwin

28. Maud Martha - by Gwendolyn Brooks

29. Stolen Legacy - by George G. M. James

30. Black Bourgeoisie - by E. Franklin Frazier

31. Things Fall Apart - by Chinua Achebe

32. A Raisin in the Sun - by Lorraine Hansberry

33. Blues People: Negro Music in White America - by LeRoi Jones

34. The Fire Next Time - by James Baldwin

35. The Black Jacobins - by C. L. R. James

36. The Wretched of the Earth - by Frantz Fanon

37. Africa Must Unite - by Kwame Nkruman

38. Letter From Birmingham Jail - by Martin Luther King, Jr.

39. Before the Mayflower - by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

40. The River Between - by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

41. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - as told by Alex Haley

42. Manchild in the Promised Land - by Claude Brown

43. Jubilee - by Margaret Walker

44. Black Skin, White Masks - Frantz Fanon

45. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual - by Harold Cruse

46. Black Power - by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton

47.The Man Who Cried I Am - by John Alfred Williams

48. Two Thousand Seasons - by Ayi Kwei Armah

49. Soul on Ice - by Eldridge Cleaver

50. The Spook Who Sat by the Door - by Sam Greenlee

51. We a BaddDDD People - by Sonia Sanchez

52. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson - by George Jackson

53. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton - by Bobby Seale

54. A Black Theology of Liberation - by James H. Cone

55. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - by Maya Angelou

56. God's Bits of Wood - by Sembene Ousmane

57. The Destruction of Black Civilization - by Chancellor Williams

58. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - by Ernest J. Gaines

59. Mumbo Jumbo - by Ishmael Reed

60. The Hero and the Blues - by Albert Murray

61. Faith and the Good Thing - by Charles Johnson

62. For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf - by Ntozake Shange

63. They Came Before Columbus - by Ivan Van Sertima

64. Roots: The Saga of an American Family

65. Song of Solomon - by Toni Morrison

66. Elbow Room - by James Alan McPherson

67. Sally Hemings - by Barbara Chase-Riboud

68. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman - by Michele Wallace

69. The Chaneysville Incident - by David Bradley

70. Damballah - by John Edgar Wideman

71. The Color Purple - by Alice Walker

72. The Women of Brewster Place - by Gloria Naylor

73. Praisesong for the Widow - by Paule Marshall

74. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches - by Audre Lorde

75. Brothers and Keepers - by John Edgar Wideman

76. Fences - by August Wilson

77. The Life of Langston Hughes - by Arnold Rampersad

78. Beloved - by Toni Morrison

79. Kindred - by Octavia Butler

80. Notes of a Hanging Judge - by Stanley Crouch

81. Miles: The Autobiography - by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe

82. The Famished Road - by Ben Okri

83. Tapping the Power Within - by Iyanla Vanzant

84. Waiting to Exhale - by Terry McMillan

85. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine - by Bebe Moore Campbell

86. The Daughters of Africa - by Margaret Busby

87. A Lesson Before Dying - by Ernest J. Gaines

88. Race Matters - by Cornel West

89. A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African American Athlete - by Arthur Ashe

90. Kehinde - by Buchi Emecheta

91. W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race - by David Levering Lewis

92. Black Betty - by Walter Mosley

93. Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans - by James Melvin Washington

94. Krik? Krak! - by Edwidge Danticat

95. Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children - by Marian Wright Edelman

96. My Soul is a Witness: African-American Women's Spirituality - edited by Gloria Wade-Gayles

97. The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Memoir of African-American Faith - by Samuel DeWitt Proctor

98. Brother man: The Odyssey of Black Men in America - An Anthology - edited by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen

99. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol - by Nell Irvin Painter

100. Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century - by Madeline Burnside and Rosemarie Robotham

1 comment:

Bethanne said...

I sprinted through the second half of your list. I read Their eyes were watching god...at some point in my reading career[meaning school]. I saw the Booker T. Washington selection and immediately thought of the show McGyver. There was a Booker [a black guy] who ran a diliquent [do we still call them that?] day camp, community center type-of-organization. :) Love that show. LOL Have a great week.