Black History Month 2023

From classic works by Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. Du Bois to the impact of Black artists on our culture, our Black History Month collection features 20 books to read this month and beyond.

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Black Dignity

The Struggle against Domination

Vincent W. Lloyd


My Soul Is a Witness

The Traumatic Afterlife of Lynching

Mari N. Crabtree


A Question of Freedom

The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War

William G. Thomas


African Modernism in America

Perrin Lathrop


Black Orpheus

Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club

Kimberli Gant, Ndubuisi Ezeluomba


Princess of the Hither Isles

A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South

Adele Logan Alexander


Elizabeth and Hazel

Two Women of Little Rock

David Margolick


Radical Vision

A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Soyica Diggs Colbert


Hear Me Now

The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina

Adrienne Spinozzi, Simone Leigh, Michael J. Bramwell, Vincent Brown, Katherine C. Hughes, Ethan W. Lasser, Jason R. Young


Howardena Pindell

Reclaiming Abstraction

Sarah Louise Cowan


A Movement in Every Direction

Legacies of the Great Migration

Jessica Bell Brown, Ryan N. Dennis, Kiese Laymon, Jessica Lynne, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Willie J. Wright


Sister Citizen

Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Melissa V. Harris-Perry


Democracy, Race, and Justice

The Speeches and Writings of Sadie T. M. Alexander

Sadie T. M. Alexander, Nina Banks


Of Solids and Surds

Notes for Noël Sturgeon, Marilyn Hacker, Josh Lukin, Mia Wolff, Bill Stribling, and Bob White

Samuel R Delany


The Anthology of Rap

Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Common, Chuck D


The Science of Abolition

How Slaveholders Became the Enemies of Progress

Eric Herschthal


Breaking White Supremacy

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

Gary Dorrien


The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. Du Bois, Jonathan Scott Holloway


My Bondage and My Freedom

Frederick Douglass, David W. Blight


Coming Soon: Black Lives series

Pairing highly qualified writers with subjects whose lives illuminate the breadth, diversity, and richness of Black experiences, the Black Lives series produces brief, authoritative biographies of individuals of African descent who profoundly shaped history.

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