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100 Essential Black Books

( QBR: The Black Book Review )



Roots
by Alex Haley

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Call Number:
E185.97 .H24 A33
Publication Date:
1977




The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

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Call Number:
PS3573.A425 C6




Blues People: Negro Music in White America
by Amiri Baraka

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Call Number:
ML3556 .J73




The Life of Langston Hughes
by Arnold Rampersad

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Call Number:
PS3515.U274 Z698 & ONLINE




Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
by Audre Lorde

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Call Number:
PS3562.O75 S5




Fences
by August Wilson

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Call Number:
PS3573.I45677 F4 1986 (North)
Publication Date:
1987




Sally Hemings: A Novel
by Barbara Chase-Riboud

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Call Number:
HISTORICAL FICTION CHA
Publication Date:
1979




Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton
by Bobby Seale

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Call Number:
E185.615 .S37 1991




Up from Slavery
by Booker T. Washington

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Call Number:
E185.97 .W4 A3 OR
Publication Date:
1901




The Black Jacobins: Toussaint LOuverture and the San Domingo Revolution
by C.L.R. James

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Call Number:
F1923 .T85




Mis-Education of the Negro
by Carter G. Woodson

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Call Number:
LC2717 .W6 2000




If He Hollers Let Him Go
by Chester Himes

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Call Number:
PS3515.I713 I3 2002




Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

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Call Number:
Leisure - Multicultural ACH OR PR9387.9.A3 T5




Manchild in the Promised Land
by Claude Brown

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Call Number:
E185.97.B86 A3 1999




Race Matters
by Cornel West

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Call Number:
E185.615 .W43 2001




David Walkers Appeal
by David Walker

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Call Number:
E446 .W178




Soul on Ice
by Eldridge Cleaver

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Call Number:
E185.97 .C6 1999




A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest Gaines

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Call Number:
PS3557.A355 L47 1993




The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
by Ernest Gaines

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Call Number:
PS3557.A355 A8




The Wretched of the Earth
by Frantz Fanon

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Call Number:
DT33 .F313




Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written By Himself
by Frederick Douglass

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Call Number:
E449 .D749
Publication Date:
1845




Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
by George Jackson

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Call Number:
HV9468 .J3 & Online




Annie Allen
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Call Number:
PS3503.R7244 A7 1971




Maud Martha
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Call Number:
PS3503.R7244 M3 1993




Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen

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Call Number:
PS508.N3 B745 1996




Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women
by Iyanla Vanzant

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Call Number:
E185.86 .V365 2008
Publication Date:
1988




Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin

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Challenged as required reading in the Hudson Falls, NY schools (1994) because the book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. (ALA.org) See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more information.
Call Number:
PS3552.A45 G6 1981




The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

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Call Number:
E185.61 .B1954
Publication Date:
1963




Cane
by Jean Toomer

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Call Number:
PS3539.O478




The Man Who Cried I Am
by John A. Williams

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Call Number:
PS3573.I4495 M3




Black Power : The Politics of Liberation
by Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)

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Call Number:
E185.615 .C32 1992
Publication Date:
1967




The Ways of White Folks: Stories
by Langston Hughes

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Call Number:
PS3515.U274 W38




A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

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Call Number:
PS3515.A515 R3 1995




The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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Call Number:
BP223.Z8 L57943
Publication Date:
1965




I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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Call Number:
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2002
Publication Date:
1969




Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
by Michele Wallace

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Call Number:
E185.86 .W34
Publication Date:
1978




Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
by Nell Irvin Painter

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Call Number:
E185.97.T8 P35




For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange

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Call Number:
PS3569.H3324 F6 1997




Kindred
by Octavia Butler

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Call Number:
PS3552.U827 K5 2003




The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano

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Call Number:
HT869 .E6 A3 2013
Publication Date:
1789




Praisesong For The Widow
by Paule Marshall

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Call Number:
PS3563.A7223 P7 1983




Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

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Call Number:
PS3555.L625 I5 1994
Publication Date:
1952




Black Boy
by Richard Wright

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Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 Z9
Publication Date:
1945




Native Son
by Richard Wright

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Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 N25




Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City
by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton

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Call Number:
F548.9 .N4 D73 1993
Publication Date:
1945




Waiting to Exhale
by Terry McMillan

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Call Number:
Leisure Multicultural MCM OR PS3563.C3868 W35




Beloved
by Toni Morrison

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"Beloved has been challenged in school districts because of the violence that permeates the novel." See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
PS3563.O8749 B4




Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

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Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 S66 1995




Black Reconstruction In America, 1860-1880
by W.E.B. Du Bois

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Call Number:
E668 .D83




The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois

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Call Number:
E185.5 .D817 2003 & Online
Publication Date:
1903




Clotel: Or, The Presidents Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States
by William Wells Brown

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Call Number:
PS1139 .B9 A6 2014
Publication Date:
1853






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All of these titles are compiled in the book Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books, which was published by QBR: The Black Book Review magazine in 1999.

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