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100 Essential Black Books

( QBR: The Black Book Review )



The New Negro : Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance
by Alain Locke

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The Hero And the Blues
by Albert Murray

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Roots
by Alex Haley

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

Call Number:
ML3556 .J73




The Street: A Novel
by Ann Petry

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Publication Date:
1946




The Life of Langston Hughes
by Arnold Rampersad

Call Number:
PS3515.U274 Z698 & ONLINE




A Hard Road To Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete
by Arthur Ashe

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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
by Audre Lorde

Call Number:
PS3562.O75 S5




Fences
by August Wilson

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




Two Thousand Seasons
by Ayi Kwei Armah

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Sally Hemings: A Novel
by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Call Number:
HISTORICAL FICTION CHA
Publication Date:
1979




Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel
by Bebe Moore Campbell

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The Famished Road
by Ben Okri

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

Call Number:
E185.615 .S37 1991




Up from Slavery
by Booker T. Washington

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




Kehinde
by Buchi Emecheta

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

Call Number:
F1923 .T85




Mis-Education of the Negro
by Carter G. Woodson

Call Number:
LC2717 .W6 2000




Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D
by Chancellor Williams

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Faith And The Good Thing
by Charles Johnson

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The Conjure Stories
by Charles W. Chesnutt

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If He Hollers Let Him Go
by Chester Himes

Call Number:
PS3515.I713 I3 2002




Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

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




Manchild in the Promised Land
by Claude Brown

Call Number:
E185.97.B86 A3 1999




Race Matters
by Cornel West

Call Number:
E185.615 .W43 2001




Spirits of the Passage
by Cornel West

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The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel
by David Bradley

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W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race
by David Levering Lewis

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David Walkers Appeal
by David Walker

Call Number:
E446 .W178




Black Bourgeoisie
by E. Franklin Frazier

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Krik? Krak!
by Edwidge Danticat

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Soul on Ice
by Eldridge Cleaver

Call Number:
E185.97 .C6 1999




A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest Gaines

Call Number:
PS3557.A355 L47 1993




The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
by Ernest Gaines

Call Number:
PS3557.A355 A8




Black Skin, White Masks
by Frantz Fanon

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Publication Date:
1952




The Wretched of the Earth
by Frantz Fanon

Call Number:
DT33 .F313




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

Call Number:
E449 .D749
Publication Date:
1845




Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy
by George G. M. James

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

Call Number:
HV9468 .J3 & Online




The Women of Brewster Place
by Gloria Naylor

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My Soul is a Witness: African-American Womens Spirituality
by Gloria Wade-Gayles

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Annie Allen
by Gwendolyn Brooks

Call Number:
PS3503.R7244 A7 1971




Maud Martha
by Gwendolyn Brooks

Call Number:
PS3503.R7244 M3 1993




The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership
by Harold Cruse

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Publication Date:
1967




Our Nig: Or, Sketches From the Life of a Free Black
by Harriet E. Wilson

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Publication Date:
1859




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

Call Number:
PS508.N3 B745 1996




Jesus and the Disinherited
by Howard Thurma

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Mumbo Jumbo
by Ishmael Reed

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They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
by Ivan Van Sertima

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

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




Elbow Room
by James Alan McPherson

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Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin

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Call Number:
PS3552.A45 G6 1981




The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

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




A Black Theology of Liberation
by James H. Cone

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Publication Date:
1970




Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans
by James Melvin Washington

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Cane
by Jean Toomer

Call Number:
PS3539.O478




The Man Who Cried I Am
by John A. Williams

Call Number:
PS3573.I4495 M3




Brothers and Keepers
by John Edgar Wideman

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Damballah (Homewood Trilogy)
by John Edgar Wideman

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From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans
by John Hope Franklin

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1947




Africa Must Unite
by Kwame Nkrumah

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

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




The Ways of White Folks: Stories
by Langston Hughes

Call Number:
PS3515.U274 W38




Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America
by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

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A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

Call Number:
PS3515.A515 R3 1995




The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Call Number:
BP223.Z8 L57943
Publication Date:
1965




The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans: Or, Africa for the Africans
by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

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1923




Daughters of Africa
by Margaret Busby

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Jubilee
by Margaret Walker

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Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children
by Marian Wright Edelman

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I Have A Dream / Also Letter From Birmingham Jail
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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




Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman
by Michele Wallace

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




Miles: The Autobiography
by Miles Davis

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

Call Number:
E185.97.T8 P35




The River Between
by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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

Call Number:
PS3569.H3324 F6 1997




Kindred
by Octavia Butler

Call Number:
PS3552.U827 K5 2003




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

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




The Lyrics Of Lowly Life
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Praisesong For The Widow
by Paule Marshall

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

Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 Z9
Publication Date:
1945




Native Son
by Richard Wright

Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 N25




The Spook Who Sat by the Door
by Sam Greenlee

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The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith
by Samuel D. Proctor

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Gods Bits of Wood
by Sembene Ousmane

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We a BaddDDD People
by Sonia Sanchez

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

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




Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989
by Stanley Crouch

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Waiting to Exhale
by Terry McMillan

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Leisure Multicultural MCM OR PS3563.C3868 W35




Beloved
by Toni Morrison

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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

Call Number:
E668 .D83




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

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




Blacker The Berry
by Wallace Thurman

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Black Betty
by Walter Mosley

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

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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