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Black History - Nonfiction

These true accounts of what African Americans have had to endure to shape American history is both tragic and inspiring. Celebrate African American History all year long with one of these books.


Getting Away with Murder : The True Story of the Emmett till Case
Getting Away with Murder : The True Story of the Emmett till Case

Presents a true account of the 1955 Mississippi murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till.


We Shall Overcome : the History of the American Civil Rights Movement
We Shall Overcome : the History of the American Civil Rights Movement

Uses the words of spirituals and other music of the time to frame a discussion of the civil rights movement in the United States, focusing on specific people, incidents, and court cases.


I See the Promised Land
I See the Promised Land

An extraordinary jam session between two very distinctive storytelling traditions recounting the life of Martin Luther King Jr. African American writer, griot and blues singer Arthur Flowers tells a masterful story in musical prose, while Manu Chitrakar, scroll-painter from Bengal, carries the tale confidently into the vivid idiom of Patua art, turning King's journey into a truly universal legacy.


Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : The Story Behind an American Friendship
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : The Story Behind an American Friendship

A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.


Harlem Stomp! : a Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
Harlem Stomp! : a Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance

In Harlem, New York the dawn of the twentieth century was a time of intellectual, artistic, literary, and political blossoming.


To the Mountaintop! : My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
To the Mountaintop! : My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

The author traces her experiences from the civil rights movement in the early 1960s to the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.


We've Got a Job : The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
We've Got a Job : The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

Levinson retells the story of how, against the better judgment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., young people led the civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.


Discovering Wes Moore
Discovering Wes Moore

The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths.


Bad Boy : a Memoir
Bad Boy : a Memoir

From bad boy to role model, Myers recalls growing up in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, when seeing Langston Hughes and Sugar Ray Robinson on the street was the norm and Jackie Robinson ruled the baseball field.


Malcolm X : By Any Means Necessary
Malcolm X : By Any Means Necessary

Myers' biography of the polarizing African American leader chronicles his life and times, from his early life, to the Nation of Islam, his shift in politics, and his subsequent assassination.