Books about African-American History, from Martin Luther King to Malxolm X, James Farmer, Ralph Abernathy, Frederick Douglass

The bookshelf

These are the books I’ve read related to African-American history, in chronological order. The years state when the books were first published.

Douglas A. Blackmon: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, 2009

Malcolm X and Alex Haley: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, 1965

Clayborne Carson: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., 2001

Alex Haley: Roots, 1976

James Farmer: Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement, 1985

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Why we can’t wait, 1963

Malcolm X: Malcolm X on Afro-American History, 1967

Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937

Wallace Thurman: The Blacker the Berry, 1929

Manning Marable: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, 2011

James Baldwin: Go tell it on the mountain, 1952

Ralph Abernathy: And the walls came tumbling down, 1989

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?, 1968

Ida B. Wells: The Light of Truth. Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader, 2014

Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, 1845

Booker T. Washington: Up from slavery, 1900

Frederick Douglass: My Bondage and My Freedom, 1855

Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy. A story of justice and redemption, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the world and me, 2015

Colson Whitehead: Underground Railroad, 2016

Margot Lee Shetterly: Hidden Figures. The Untold Story of the African American Women who Helped Win the Space Race, 2017

Rodnell P. Collins: Seventh Child. A Family Memoir of Malcolm X, 1998

ongoing: Manning Marable, Leith Mullings, Sophie Spencer-Wood: Freedom. A Photographic History of the African American Struggle, 2002