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Living Black in America – A Topical Booklist

African-American authors on the experiences of living as a Black man or woman in America, and the race, racism and race relation issues that continue to permeate the American landscape into the early 21st century.


The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin [305.8 Bal, also 814 Bal “Collected Essays”, and Downloadable Audio]

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
by Reni Eddo-Lodge [305.8 Edd, E-Book]

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates [305.8 AfrYc, CD 305.8 AfrYc, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander [364.34 Ale, E-Book]

Citizen
by Claudia Rankine [Downloadable Audio]

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by Ijeoma Oluo [305.8 AfrYo, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum [305.8 Tat, E-Book]

I’m Still Here
by Austin Channing Brown [Downloadable Audio]

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
by Layla F. Saad [305.8 Saa, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi [Biography Kendi, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson [Biography Stevenson, CD Biography Stevenson, E-Book, Downloadable Audio, Juvenile Adaptation]

Tears We Cannot Stop
by Michael Eric Dyson [305.8 AfrYd, Downloadable Audio]

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racism in America
by Ibram X. Kendi [305.8 AfrYk, E-Book, Downloadable Audio, YA Adaptation]


Additional Reads…

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
by Jabari Asim [305.8 AfrYa]

A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality and the Law
by Sherrilyn A. Ifill [305.8 AfrYi, E-Book]

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
by Tamara Winfrey Harris [305.8 AfrYw, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson [305.8 AfrYa. E-Book]

Backlash : what happens when we talk honestly about racism in America
by George Yancy [305.8 AfrYy]

The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson [307.76 Wil, CD 307.76 Wil, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer Eberhardt [303.3 Ebe, Downloadable Audio]

Sister Outsider
by Audre Lorde [081 Lor, Downloadable Audio]

The Origin of Others
by Toni Morrison [810.9 Mor]

Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin [305.8 AfrYg, CD 305.8 Gri, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [305.8 AfrYk]

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker
by Damon Young [Biography Young, Downloadable Audio]

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. [973.04 Gat, Downloadable Audio]

Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism
by Derrick Bell [305.8 AfrYb (320.56 Bel 1992 edition)]

The Meaning of Freedom
by Angela Y. Davis [305.896 Dav, E-Book]

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
by Khalil Gibran Muhammad [305.8 AfrYm, Downloadable Audio]

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black & White
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [305.5 Abd]

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement
by Wesley Lowery [305.8 AfrYl, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America
by Nefertiti Austin [Biography Austin, E-Book, Downloadable Audio]

I Am Not Your Negro
by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck [305.8 AfrYb, E-Book, documentary on DVD]

Black Girl Dangerous: On Race, Queerness, Class and Gender
by Mia McKenzie [305.8 AfrYm]

First posted to BookGuide in June 2020 – SDC | Last updated – June 2020 – SDC