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Twelve Years a Slave

Solomon Northup · Atria / 37 Ink
Format: Hardcover

The story that inspired the major motion picture, with an introduction by the bestselling author of Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery.Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man,...
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Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley · Da Capo Press
Pages: 912
Format: Paperback

A new eight-hour event series based on Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E over four consecutive nights beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

"Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia,...
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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Barack Obama · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George...
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Mom & Me & Mom

Maya Angelou · Random House; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou...
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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly · William Morrow
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestseller

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space - a powerful, revelatory contribution...

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The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas · Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
Format: Paperback

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

Zora Neale Hurston · Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

"A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don't know how to live properly." - Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth...

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We Speak Your Names: A Celebration

Pearl Cleage · One World/Ballantine
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

For centuries, African American women have been remaking the world, giving testament to the power of hope, courage, and resilience. But it took the inspired generosity of Oprah Winfrey to honor fully the many gifts of sisterhood. For three amazing days–from May 13 to 15, 2005–a...
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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

Condoleezza Rice · Crown; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

From one of the worldrsquos most admired women this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Ricersquos compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government In her position as Americarsquos chief diplomat Rice traveled almost continuously...
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Invisible Man (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

Ralph Ellison
Format: Print book

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen...
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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

Bruce Watson · Penguin Books
Pages: 369
Format: eBook

A riveting account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

In his critically acclaimed history Freedom Summer, award- winning author Bruce Watson presents powerful testimony about a crucial episode in the American civil rights movement. During the sweltering...
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What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

Dave Eggers · McSweeney's; 1 edition
Pages: 475
Format: Hardcover

In aheartrending and astonishingnovel Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng a refugee now living in the United States We follow his life as hes driven from his home as a boy and walks with thousands of orphans to Ethiopia where...
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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Kristen Green · Harper
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

In the wake of the Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia's Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community's white leaders quickly established a private...
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Parable of the talents : a novel

Octavia E Butler · Seven Stories Press
Pages: 365
Format: Book

A Christian fundamentalist group kidnaps children to raise them in Christian homes in this tale of religious intolerance in a future America. The story is told by a woman at the receiving end of their zeal, the founder of a religion which they consider heathen. By the author of Parable...
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To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

Michael K. Honey · HighBridge Audio
Format: Audiobook

More than fifty years ago an assassin's bullet robbed us of one of the most eloquent voices for twentieth-century human rights and justice. Drawing on a new generation of scholarship about the civil rights era, To the Promised Land goes beyond the iconic view of King as an advocate of racial...
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Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

Wayne Greenhaw · Chicago Review Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Shortly after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Ku Klux Klan--determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama--staged a resurgence, and the strong-armed leadership of governor George C. Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws, empowered the Klan's...
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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. Jones · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover

A brilliant history that goes beyond the dazzling "I Have a Dream" speech to explore the real significance of the massive march and the movement it inspired.

It was the final speech of a long day, August 28, 1963, when hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall for the March...
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Ali: A Life

JONATHAN EIG · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle

He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself) . Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth...
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Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth

Richard Wright
Format: Book

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were...
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