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  • Black History 1619-2019

    An Illustrated and Documented African-American History

    BLACK HISTORY 1619 TO 2019 is an inspiring and educational journey through history. It is an in-depth look at the events which shaped the lives and contributions of the African-American community in the United States of America. This book is designed to restore the integrity of African-American history and is based on extensive research and documentation related to the African-American experience ... Read more

    $9.95 USD

  • Surrogate Suburbs

    Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980

    The story of white flight and the neglect of Black urban neighborhoods has been well told by urban historians in recent decades. Yet much of this scholarship has downplayed Black agency and tended to portray African Americans as victims of structural forces beyond their control. In this history of Cleveland's Black middle class, Todd Michney uncovers the creative ways that members of this nascent ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The End of Blackness

    Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners

    Debra Dickerson pulls no punches in this electrifying manifesto. Outspoken journalist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir An American Story, she challenges black Americans to stop obsessing about racism and start focusing on problems they can fix. The way out of the ghetto, she asserts, is to take a good, hard look in the mirror. Get angry, Dickerson says, but use that anger to fuel ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • We Carry Their Bones

    The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys

    by Erin Kimmerle ...
    "With We Carry Their Bones, Erin Kimmerle continues to unearth the true story of the Dozier School, a tale more frightening than any fiction. In a corrupt world, her unflinching revelations are as close as we'll come to justice." –Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer-Prize Winning author of The Nickel Boys and The Underground RailroadForensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle investigates of the notorious Dozier ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The 1619 Project

    A New Origin Story

    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.“[A] groundbreaking compendium . . . bracing and urgent . . . This collection is an extraordinary update to an ongoing project of vital truth-telling.”—Esquire**NOW AN EMMY ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Gift of Black Folk & The Souls of Black Folk (New Edition)

    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868 – 1963) was an American sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community, and after completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a ... Read more

    $0.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Heavy

    An American Memoir

    by Kiese Laymon ...
    *Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*In this powerful, provocative, and universally lauded memoir—winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and f... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • All About Love

    New Visions

    by bell hooks ...
    Series Book 1 - Love Song to the Nation
    A New York Times bestseller and enduring classic, All About Love is the acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation" trilogy. All About Love reveals what causes a polarized society, and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Wretched of the Earth

    Translated by Richard Philcox ...
    With a new essayFans of Fanon’s work include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Cornel West, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Desmond Cole, John Edgar Wideman, Mitchell Jackson, among othersTie-in to 60th anniversary of the publication of Wretched of the Earth and of Frantz Fanon’s death ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Price for Their Pound of Flesh

    The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation

    A groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities in early America that “reminds us of the cold calculus at the intersection of slavery and capitalism” (Kirkus Reviews).“Searing, revelatory, and vital to understanding our nation’s inequities.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other SunsIn life and in death, slaves were commodities, their monetary value assigned based on their age, gender, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?: From the Projects to Prep School: A Memoir

    A memoir of race and education, this is the story of a girl who grew up and out of the Cleveland projects in the 1960s and '70s. While growing up in Cleveland, young Charlise Lyles experienced turbulent events including race riots and a neighborhood murder. Yet she was inspired to appreciate literature at a young age, and she spent her days reading—and also often searching for the estranged father ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Living for the Revolution

    Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980

    The first in-depth analysis of the black feminist movement, Living for the Revolution fills in a crucial but overlooked chapter in African American, women’s, and social movement history. Through original oral history interviews with key activists and analysis of previously unexamined organizational records, Kimberly Springer traces the emergence, life, and decline of several black feminist ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • How to Go Mad without Losing Your Mind

    Madness and Black Radical Creativity

    Series series Black Outdoors: Innovations in the Poetics of Study
    “Hold tight. The way to go mad without losing your mind is sometimes unruly.” So begins La Marr Jurelle Bruce's urgent provocation and poignant meditation on madness in black radical art. Bruce theorizes four overlapping meanings of madness: the lived experience of an unruly mind, the psychiatric category of serious mental illness, the emotional state also known as “rage,” and any drastic ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Black Detroit

    A People's History of Self-Determination

    by Herb Boyd ...
    NAACP 2017 Image Award Finalist2018 Michigan Notable Books honoreeThe author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, present, and future and its significance to the African American legacy and the nation’s fabric.Herb Boyd moved to Detroit ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Domestic Contradictions

    Race and Gendered Citizenship from Reconstruction to Welfare Reform

    In Domestic Contradictions, Priya Kandaswamy analyzes how race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped welfare practices in the United States alongside the conflicting demands that this system imposed upon Black women. She turns to an often-neglected moment in welfare history, the advent of the Freedmen's Bureau during Reconstruction, and highlights important parallels with welfare reform in the late ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Salvation

    Black People and Love

    by bell hooks ...
    Series Book 3 - Love Song to the Nation
    “A manual for fixing our culture…In writing that is elegant and penetratingly simple, [hooks] gives voice to some things we may know in our hearts but need an interpreter like her to process.”—Black Issues Book ReviewNew York Times bestselling author, acclaimed visionary and cultural critic bell hooks continues her exploration of the meaning of love in contemporary American society, offering ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Driving the Green Book

    A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance

    by Alvin Hall ...
    Join award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall on a journey through America’s haunted racial past, with the legendary Green Book as your guide.For countless Americans, the open road has long been a place where dangers lurk. In the era of Jim Crow, Black travelers experienced locked doors, hostile police, and potentially violent encounters almost everywhere, in both the South and the North. From 1936 to ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Assassination of Fred Hampton

    How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

    by Jeffrey Haas ...
    Read the story behind the award-winning film Judas and the Black MessiahOn December 4, 1969, attorney Jeff Haas was in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton's fiancÉe. Deborah Johnson described how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed.She heard one officer say, "He's still alive." She then heard two shots. A second officer said, "He's good and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    **NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winnner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.“Profound, necessary and an absolute ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Second Edition

    by Sam Greenlee ...
    Series series African American Life Series
    A classic in the black literary tradition, The Spook Who Sat by the Door is both a comment on the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the "spook who sat by the door," is enlisted in the CIA's elitist espionage program. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • The Last Slave Ship

    The True Story of How Clotilda Was Found, Her Descendants, and an Extraordinary Reckoning

    by Ben Raines ...
    An NPR Best Book of the YearThe incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains.Fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed, the Clotilda became the last ship in history to ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Hidden Figures

    The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

    The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of ... Read more

    $11.49 USD

  • How We Get Free

    Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

    Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor ...
    Black feminists remind us “that America’s destiny is inseparable from how it treats [black women] and the nation ignores this truth at its peril” (The New York Review of Books).Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free.” —Combahee River Collective StatementThe Combahee River Collective, a path ... Read more

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Sister Outsider

    Essays and Speeches

    by Audre Lorde ...
    Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”—The New York TimesIn this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, ... Read more

    $13.99 USD