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Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden
HISTORY US JNF BOL
Profiles sixteen high-achieving African Americans, including magician Richard Potter, concert singer Sissieretta Jones, and architect Paul R. Williams.
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack
MUSIC SONGS JNF MCK
Children's literature powerhouses McKissack and Pinkney team up for the second time, creating a dynamic collection of songs, rhymes, and stories with origins in the African American diaspora.
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko
FAMILY JNF ALK
The story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Perry, who got married in Washington, D.C., and were arrested after they returned to Virginia, and took their legal case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim
BIOGRAPHY JNF LEWIS
John wants to be a preacher when he grows up. When John is put in charge of the family’s flock of chickens, he preaches to his flock and they listen. They are content under his watchful care and are riveted by the rhythm of his voice.
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
J WILLIAMS-GARCIA
Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James L. Swanson
HISTORY US 21ST JNF SWA
James Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two different life journeys, but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives & history of the time.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
TEEN STONE
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
HIST TEEN WALTER
Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
MYS TEEN LATHAM
When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
HIST TEEN BOLDEN
Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
TEEN TAMANI
Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose.
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
WARD 09/17
An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power and limitations of family bonds.
Passage: A Novel by Khary Lazarre-White
LAZARRE-WHITE 10/17
Navigating the snowy streets of 1993 Harlem and Brooklyn, a young black man struggles to graduate from an underprivileged school while becoming increasingly subject to the spirits of his oppressed ancestors.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
SOCSCI OLU 01/18
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.
The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) by Toni Morrison
SOCSCI MOR 09/17
What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
SOCSCI ROT
Richard Rothstein has painstakingly documented how American cities became so racially divided. Rothstein describes how federal, state, and local governments systematically imposed residential segregation.
Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
LAW BUT 08/17
A former federal prosecutor uses new data to argue that white men commit the majority of violent crime in the United States and discusses the problem of black-on-black violence and how to keep communities safer without relying so much on the police.
The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli
HISTORY US 20TH MIC 01/16
Founded in 1905 by Georgia native Robert Abbott, Chicago's newspaper The Defender served for decades as a prominent voice for African Americans throughout the country, including the Jim Crow South.
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
SOCSCI FOR 04/17
Locking Up Our Own offers historical background to the War on Crime's aggressive policing and long criminal sentences. African American leaders welcomed these approaches, but now the measures seem to be disproportionately targeting poor black men.
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
HISTORY US SAV 05/16
In a mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, the author explores how America's still unfolding history and ideas of “race” have marked her and the land.