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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The

by Rebecca Skloot
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Health, History, Science, Social Studies, STEAM
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2010
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (9), Author Personal Websites (1), Author Blogs (1)
  • Book Resources:
    Book Guides & Lesson Plans (5), Vocabulary Lists (1), Book Readings (2), Book Trailers (1), Customizable Lessons (1)
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

by Frederick Douglass
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Warmth of Other Suns, The: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

by Isabel Wilkerson
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Song Flung Up to Heaven, A

by Maya Angelou
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Other Wes Moore, The: One Name, Two Fates

by Wes Moore
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2010
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (3)
  • Book Resources:
    Book Guides & Lesson Plans (4), Vocabulary Lists (1), Book Websites (1), Customizable Lessons (1)
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Buck

by M.K. Asante
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Biography
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (6), Author Personal Websites (1)
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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America

by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    1991
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (4), Author Personal Websites (1)
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Fire This Time, The: A New Generation Speaks about Race

by Jesmyn Ward
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

by Harriet A. Jacobs
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    1983
  • Book Resources:
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New Jim Crow, The: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander
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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

by Jill Leovy
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Mighty Long Way, A: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

by Carlotta Walls LaNier
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Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists

by Tonya Bolden
  • Grade Level:
    4-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Art, History, STEAM
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2004
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (1), Author Personal Websites (1), Audio Name Pronunciations (1), In-depth Interviews (1)
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Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

by Martha A. Sandweiss
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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

by Mychal Denzel Smith
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Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

by James McBride
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Soldier: A Poet's Childhood

by June Jordan
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
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Black Like Me

by John Howard Griffin
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Biography
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    1962
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Fire Next Time, The

by James Baldwin
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

by Ntozake Shange
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Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (2)
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Martin Luther King, Jr: The Landmark Speeches and Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Concise King, The: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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12 Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup
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Why We Can't Wait

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, The: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

by Jeff Hobbs
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Black Panthers, The: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

by Bryan Shih and Yohuru Williams
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So You Want to Talk about Race

by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2018
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (1), Author Personal Websites (1)
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Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family

by Daniel Bergner
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Mules and Men

by Zora Neale Hurston and Miguel Covarrubias
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Story of the Negro

by Arna Bontemps
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Sanctified Church, The

by Zora Neale Hurston
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We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq

by Yvonne Latty and Ron Tarver
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Author Resources:
    Author Personal Websites (1)
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I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Nat Turner

by Kyle Baker
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Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation

by Velma Maia Thomas
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Dark Girls

by Bill Duke and Shelia P. Moses
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Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

by Diane McWhorter
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Elusive Jannah: The Somali Diaspora and a Borderless Muslim Identity

by Cawo M. Abdi
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Coming of Age in Mississippi

by Anne Moody
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Slave No More, A: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation

by David W. Blight
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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

by Barack Obama
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At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America

by Philip Dray
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Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen

by Philip Dray
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Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States

by Zora Neale Hurston
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Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend

by Scott Nelson
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Nobody Knows My Name

by James Baldwin
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Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

by Elizabeth Keckley
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Colored Cadet at West Point, The

by Henry Ossian Flipper
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