Relevant Readings

The following list contains some of the most significant writings of our time. Each author unveils a segment of African-Americanism that when combined with the writings of others, replaces a grey tone with one of vibrant color in the cultural tapestry.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot

"The New Jim Crow," Michelle Alexander

"Sister Citizen: Shames, Stereotypes and Black Women in America ," by Melissa Harris-Perry 

“The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South,” by Natalie Ring

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

"Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," Barack H. Obama

"The Souls of Black Folk," by W.E.B. DuBois

"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"

"Up From Slavery," by Booker T. Washington

"Thomas and Beulah, Poems by Rita Dove"

"Annie Allen," by Gwendolyn Brooks

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou

"The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes"

"Africa: the Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience"

"From Slavery to Freedom," by John Hope Franklin

"God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse," by James Weldon Johnson

"The Autobiography of Malcolm X," by Alex Haley

"Black Boy," by Richard Wright