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13 Best Black History Books

Discover a wide selection of compelling Black History Books that delve into the untold stories and achievements of African Americans.



by Candace Owens

4.9 (21852 reviews)

What is Blackout about?

In this thought-provoking book, the author challenges the status quo and explores the relationship between Black Americans and the Democratic Party. Candace Owens presents a compelling argument for why Black Americans should reconsider their political allegiance and offers a roadmap for their liberation from what she refers to as the "Democrat plantation." With insightful analysis and personal anecdotes, Owens encourages readers to question conventional wisdom and embrace a new path towards empowerment and freedom.

Who should read Blackout

  • African Americans seeking a fresh perspective on political ideologies.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the historical relationship between Democrats and Black Americans.

  • Those looking for insights on how Black America can embrace conservative values.


Just As I Am

by Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford

4.9 (19794 reviews)

What is Just As I Am about?

In this captivating memoir, a renowned actress shares her extraordinary journey of self-discovery and resilience. From her humble beginnings in Harlem to becoming a trailblazing icon in the entertainment industry, she fearlessly navigates through racial barriers and societal expectations. With unflinching honesty, she reflects on her triumphs, struggles, and the unwavering commitment to staying true to herself, inspiring readers to embrace their own unique paths and live authentically.

Who should read Just As I Am

  • Fans of Cicely Tyson's iconic acting career and personal journey.

  • Individuals interested in the experiences of African American women in Hollywood.

  • Anyone seeking inspiration from a trailblazing and resilient woman.


The 1619 Project

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

4.8 (12803 reviews)

What is The 1619 Project about?

"The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" by Nikole Hannah-Jones delves into the untold history of America's founding, challenging conventional narratives. This groundbreaking book explores the profound impact of slavery on the nation's development, revealing how it shaped the economy, politics, and culture. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Hannah-Jones presents a powerful argument for reevaluating America's origins and understanding the lasting legacy of slavery in shaping the country we know today.

Who should read The 1619 Project

  • History enthusiasts seeking a fresh perspective on America's origins.

  • Students and educators interested in a comprehensive understanding of American history.

  • Individuals curious about the impact of slavery on modern society.


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

by Emmanuel Acho

4.8 (7795 reviews)

What is Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man about?

In this thought-provoking book, Emmanuel Acho initiates uncomfortable yet necessary conversations about race and racism. Drawing from his personal experiences and expertise as a former NFL player and current analyst, Acho addresses the questions and concerns that many people have but are often afraid to ask. With empathy and honesty, he offers a guide for understanding and dismantling racial biases, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society.

Who should read Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

  • Individuals seeking to understand and address racial inequality in society.

  • White Americans looking to educate themselves on racial issues.

  • Anyone interested in fostering empathy and promoting racial justice.


Begin Again

by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

4.8 (7246 reviews)

What is Begin Again about?

In "Begin Again," Eddie S. Glaude Jr. explores the profound impact of James Baldwin's writings on America and its relevance in today's society. Glaude delves into Baldwin's powerful insights on race, justice, and democracy, urging readers to confront the urgent lessons Baldwin's work offers. With a thought-provoking analysis, Glaude prompts us to reexamine our own understanding of America and inspires us to begin again in our pursuit of a more just and inclusive society.

Who should read Begin Again

  • History enthusiasts seeking a deep understanding of James Baldwin's America.

  • Activists and social justice advocates looking for urgent lessons.

  • Readers interested in exploring the relevance of Baldwin's work today.


Four Hundred Souls

by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

4.8 (6112 reviews)

What is Four Hundred Souls about?

"Four Hundred Souls" is a comprehensive community history that spans four centuries of African American experiences, from 1619 to 2019. Written by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, this book brings together 90 different writers who each contribute a unique essay, creating a collective narrative that explores the struggles, triumphs, and contributions of African Americans throughout American history. It offers a powerful and enlightening perspective on the African American community's journey towards freedom, equality, and justice.

Who should read Four Hundred Souls

  • History enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive account of African American experiences.

  • Students and scholars studying the evolution of African American communities.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the collective resilience and triumphs of African Americans.


The Souls of Black Folk

by W.E.B. Du Bois

4.8 (2066 reviews)

What is The Souls of Black Folk about?

"The Souls of Black Folk" is a powerful and thought-provoking book that delves into the experiences and struggles of African Americans in the United States. Written by a prominent African American author, it explores themes of racial identity, discrimination, and the quest for equality. Through a combination of personal narratives, historical analysis, and sociological insights, the book sheds light on the complex realities faced by black individuals in a racially divided society.

Who should read The Souls of Black Folk

  • Scholars and academics studying African American history and sociology.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the experiences and struggles of African Americans.

  • Activists and advocates working towards racial equality and social justice.


The Black Jacobins

by C.L.R. James

4.8 (1026 reviews)

What is The Black Jacobins about?

"The Black Jacobins" by C.L.R. James is a historical account that delves into the San Domingo Revolution led by Toussaint L’Ouverture. This gripping narrative explores the struggle for freedom and equality in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which eventually led to the establishment of Haiti as the first independent black republic. James vividly portrays the complex political and social dynamics of the revolution, shedding light on the remarkable achievements and challenges faced by the revolutionaries.

Who should read The Black Jacobins

  • Historians and scholars interested in the Haitian Revolution.

  • Students studying Caribbean history and colonialism.

  • Activists seeking inspiration from successful anti-colonial revolutions.


Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

4.7 (20665 reviews)

What is Between the World and Me about?

"Between the World and Me" is a powerful and thought-provoking book that delves into the experiences of the author as he navigates the complexities of being a Black man in America. Through a series of heartfelt letters to his teenage son, the author explores themes of race, identity, and the harsh realities of systemic racism. Coates offers a raw and honest perspective, challenging readers to confront the deep-rooted issues that continue to plague society.

Who should read Between the World and Me

  • Individuals seeking to understand the experiences of Black Americans.

  • Educators and students studying race and social justice issues.

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of American identity.



by Michael Eric Dyson

4.7 (2010 reviews)

What is Jay-Z about?

"Jay-Z: Made in America" by Michael Eric Dyson is a captivating exploration of the life and cultural impact of one of the most influential figures in hip-hop, Jay-Z. Dyson delves into Jay-Z's upbringing, his rise to fame, and his evolution as an artist and entrepreneur. Through insightful analysis and interviews, the book offers a deep understanding of Jay-Z's artistry, business acumen, and his significant contributions to American culture.

Who should read Jay-Z

  • Fans of Jay-Z and hip-hop culture seeking an in-depth exploration of his life and career.

  • Music enthusiasts interested in understanding the cultural impact of Jay-Z's music.

  • Scholars and researchers studying the intersection of music

  • race

  • and entrepreneurship.


The Disordered Cosmos

by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Ph.D.

4.5 (529 reviews)

What is The Disordered Cosmos about?

"The Disordered Cosmos" takes readers on an enlightening journey through the fascinating realms of dark matter, spacetime, and the unfulfilled dreams of marginalized scientists. Written by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Ph.D., this thought-provoking book explores the intersections of race, gender, and physics, challenging traditional scientific narratives and offering a fresh perspective on the cosmos. With a blend of personal anecdotes, scientific insights, and social commentary, this book invites readers to question and reimagine our understanding of the universe.

Who should read The Disordered Cosmos

  • Science enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive exploration of dark matter and spacetime.

  • Students and researchers in astrophysics and theoretical physics.

  • Individuals interested in the intersection of science and social justice.


The Three Mothers

by Anna Malaika Tubbs

What is The Three Mothers about?

"The Three Mothers" explores the remarkable lives and legacies of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin, the mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin respectively. Anna Malaika Tubbs delves into their stories, highlighting their immense influence on their sons' activism and their own contributions to the civil rights movement. This powerful book sheds light on the often overlooked role of these extraordinary women in shaping the course of American history.

Who should read The Three Mothers

  • History enthusiasts interested in the influential role of mothers.

  • Activists seeking to understand the impact of strong maternal figures.

  • Individuals curious about the interconnected lives of civil rights leaders.


All Boys Aren’t Blue

by George M. Johnson

What is All Boys Aren’t Blue about?

"All Boys Aren't Blue" is a powerful memoir-manifesto that delves into the experiences of George M. Johnson. This captivating book explores themes of identity, race, and sexuality, as Johnson reflects on his journey growing up as a queer Black man. With raw honesty and vulnerability, the author shares personal stories, challenging societal norms and shedding light on the complexities of intersectionality. This memoir is a compelling and necessary read that celebrates individuality and advocates for inclusivity.

Who should read All Boys Aren’t Blue

  • LGBTQ+ youth seeking personal stories of resilience and self-acceptance.

  • Educators and parents looking to understand and support queer youth.

  • Anyone interested in exploring intersectionality and dismantling societal norms.