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Black History Month Reading and DVD Lists

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Fiction

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour
Conjure Women, Afia Atakora
The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
Kindred, Octavia Butler
When No One is Watching, Alyssa Cole
The Girl with the Louding Voice, Abi Daré
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Lakewood, Megan Giddings
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Anissa Gray
Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: stories from the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston
The Kindest Lie, Nancy Johnson
The Prophets, Robert Jones Jr.
An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
It’s Not All Downhill From Here, Terry McMillan
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid
Real Life, Brandon Taylor
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
Remembrance, Rita Woods
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson

Poetry and Plays

The Tradition, Jericho Brown
Blessing the Boats: new and selected poems, 1988-2000, Lucille Clifton
Be Holding: a poem, Ross Gay
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, Langston Hughes
A Strange Loop: a musical, Michael R. Jackson
Sweat, Lynn Nottage
Citizen: an American lyric, Claudia Rankine
Fires in the Mirror, Anna Deavere Smith
Don’t Call Us Dead: poems, Danez Smith
Fences, August Wilson

Memoir/Autobiography/Biography

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Black is the Body: stories from my grandmother’s time, my mother’s time, and mine, Emily Bernard
The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom
Ladysitting: my year with nana at the end of her century, Lorene Cary
Eloquent Rage: a black feminist discovers her superpower, Brittney Cooper
Think Black: a memoir, Clyde W. Ford
Ordinary Hazards: a memoir, Nikki Grimes
The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
Barracoon: the story of the last “black cargo, Zora Neale Hurston
How We Fight For Our Lives: a memoir, Saeed Jones
When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives matter memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors
This is Major: notes on Diana Ross, dark girls, and being dope, Shayla Lawson
March, John Lewis
A Promised Land, Barack Obama
Becoming, Michelle Obama
Notes from a Young Black Chef: a memoir, Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein
The Dead Are Arising: the life of Malcolm X, Les Payne and Tamara Payne
Ordinary Light: a memoir, Tracy K. Smith
The New Negro: the life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart
Memorial Drive: a daughter’s memoir, Natasha Trethewey

Other Nonfiction

The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness, Michelle Alexander 
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Most Beautiful Thing: the true story of American’s first all-Black high school rowing team, Arshay Cooper
Black Futures, ed. Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
Long Time Coming: reckoning with race in America, Michael Eric Dyson
Well-read Black Girl: finding our stories, discovering ourselves, ed. Glory Edim
The Last Negroes at Harvard: the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard forever, Kent Garrett and Jeanne Ellsworth
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Wandering in Strange Lands: a daughter of the Great Migration reclaims her roots, Morgan Jerkins
Four Hundred Souls: a community history of African America, 1619-2019, ed. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
Sister Outsider: essays and speeches, Audre Lorde
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America’s racial justice movement, Wesley Lowery
On the Other Side of Freedom: the case for hope, DeRay Mckesson 
Mediocre: the dangerous legacy of white male America, Ijeoma Oluo
Do Better: spiritual activism for writing and healing from white supremacy, Rachel Ricketts
Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race, Margot Lee Shetterly
Overground Railroad: the Green Book and the roots of Black travel in America, Candacy Taylor
The Fire This Time: a new generation speaks about race, ed. Jesmyn Ward
The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America’s great migration, Isabel Wilkerson

DVDs

Just Mercy

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Green Book

Hidden Figures

Last Black Man in San Francisco

Moonlight

Harriet

Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom

I Am Not Your Negro

Betty and Coretta

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP

Alice’s Ordinary People

Coming Soon

Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Loving

The Talk: Race in America

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise