African American Culture & History

This reading list is designed to direct you to materials chronicling the experiences of African Americans past and present. If you need help locating any of the titles listed, please see one of the Adult Services librarians for assistance.

Non Fiction

Ellis Cose The Envy of the World: On Being a Black Man in America, 305.38896 COS
Lawrence Graham Our Kind of People: America's Black Upper Class, 305.869 GRA
David Chappell A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow, 323.1196 CHA
Steven Kasher The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-1968, 323.1196 KAS
Robert J. Cottrol Brown vs. The Board of Education; Caste, Culture and the Constitution, 344.0798 BRO
Gail Lumet Buckley American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm, 355.0089 BUC
Harriette Cole Jumping the Broom: The African American Wedding Planner, 395.22 COL
Rovenia Brock Dr. Ro's Ten Secrets to Livin' Healthy, 613.0424 BRO
Jenyne Raines Beautylicious! The Black Girl's Guide to the Fabulous Life, 613.0424 RAI
Cora Daniels Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of Success, 658.409 DAN
James Haskins The Harlem Renaissance, 700.9747
Roland Freeman A Communion of the Spirits: African American Quilters, 746.46 FRE
Tina Knowles Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets from Destiny's Child, 782.421643 KNO
Alan Light The Vibe History of Hip Hop, 782.421649 VIB
Melvin Burke Donalson Black Directors in Hollywood, 791.43 DON
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. - ed. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 810.80896 NOR
Clarence Major The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African American Poetry, 811.5 GAR
Maya Angelou Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, 814.54 ANG
Patricia Mignon Hinds - ed. Black Men in Their Own Words, 920.71 Bla
Annette Madden In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women from the Queen of Sheba to Queen Latifah, 920.72 Mad

Brenda Moore


Pat McKissack

Jack Canfield - et all  

Charles Melvin Christian

Ira Berlin - ed.  

John Salmond


DVD’s and Videos

  Roots, DVDF Roo                
                 Soul Food, DVDF Sou
                The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong, DVDM Arm 
                   That’s Black Entertainment, V F Tha
                 A History of the Civil Rights Movement, V 323.092 His
                 Against the Odds; The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, V 700.8996 Aga
                 Only the Ball Was White, V 796.357 Onl
                Nightfighters: The True Story of the 332nd Fighter Group, The Tuskegee Airmen, V 940.5403 Nig 
                The Promised Land, V 973 Pro 
                 Family Across the Sea, V 973.0496 Fam
                 Marcus Garvey: Black-Nationalist Leader, V 973.0496 Mar