As many of you, my library includes fiction and non-fiction by and about African American people and life. We each have favorite authors, genres, and topics. A few of my favorite authors are Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Edwidge Danticat. And I have made a pretty good stab at collecting their works.
Most of the books in these lists, however, are written by scholars — many from the early 20th century. Some (W.E.B. DuBois, Dee Brown, Wilma Mankiller), are already on my shelves. But since I love the thrill of finding desired titles while scouring through shelves of used books, I’ll probably hold out for the ones I don’t have. But some of the newer titles (copyrighted after about 1990), I’ll probably just purchase outright.
I love a good historical novel; but I don’t think there are many included in the following lists. As an aid to my readers as well as myself, the following lists include African Studies titles. Though my study plan will include historical and geographical forages throughout the diaspora, my constant focus will be on how African spirituality has been affected throughout our history.
- Kentake Page: Satisfy Your Curiosity: Black History Books You Must Read
- Dr. Runoko Rashidi: A Preliminary African Global Presence Book List
- SocialistWorker.org: The People’s History Reading List
- The Daily Beast: Essential Civil Rights Reading List
- Rare Book School: Developing Collections of African-American Materials – Advance Reading List
- Good Reads: Best Books on African American Studies