“I am a 28-year old Black male,” came the email. “I would like to request from you a reading list of African American books that will help to open my mind. Sincerely, A Student of Life.”
That was the light bulb moment for 50 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICA.
In these days of book bans, of a relatively few vocal and violent people denying the rights of everyone else; of bullies mandating ignorance by enacting laws to intimidate teachers and librarians into submission, I’ve curated a pro-book, pro-African American studies, pro-sanity recommended reading list to fuel our righteous minds: 50 BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE STORY OF AFRICAN AMERICA.
Taken together, in chronological order, the stories behind these stories will propel you across a vast literary landscape on a journey of discovery and self-discovery. It's an adventure that will take you from here to Timbuktu; from three centuries of the written African American Experience to the work of scientist-scholars almost one thousand years ago (pictured above). Books of fiction and non, history, sports, business, industry, the sciences and the arts: there's so much to explore.
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