25 books that should be in every Black person’s home

25 Books for Every Black Person

This is my list of 25 books that should be required reading for every Black person or, at least, be in every Black person’s home. These books will help you “Think a New Thought™” about who you are and what it means to be Black in America. The list is by no means a be-all-end-all, they are just 25 books that have been transformative to my way of thinking and will likely have a similar affect on anyone else reading them. They are in no particular order.

The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Dr. Welsing made her transition just over a year ago in 2016, but her collection of 25 essays on the subject of race is a seminal work that is timeless in its content and impact.

The Keys to the Colors
The Isis Papers

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

Ellison won the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction with this novel that skillfully used erudition and wit to detail the existential journey of a young idealist who suddenly realizes that he is all but “invisible” to White society.

Invisible Man

The Mis-Education of the Negro

Dr.Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Woodson, the creator of Negro History Week which eventually developed into Black History Month, argues in this book that the traditional educational system, by design, ill-prepares African Americans to compete on a level playing field with the rest of American society. In fact, he opines, that it actually leaves them bereft of any real sense of who they are as a people within this system.

The Mis-Education of the Negro
The Mis-Education of the Negro

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America

Ivan Van Sertima

Professor Van Sertima presents his very thoroughly researched and convincing case for documenting the presence of Africans in the Americas long before the arrival of the cultural conqueror called Christopher Columbus. Ancient artifacts and the historical record bear witness with bold clarity to this fact.

They Came Before Columbus
They Came Before Columbus

Stolen Legacy

George G.M. James

This classic work by a little-known Black college professor showed that Greek civilization and philosophy, long considered the pinnacle of Western thought, was actually purloined from the ancient Egyptian societies that were ancient when Greece was still in the darkness of intellectual ignorance.

Stolen Legacy
Stolen Legacy
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