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The Color Purple The Color Purple (Paperback)
by (shelved 605 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.20 — 483,798 ratings — published 1982
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Beloved Beloved (Paperback)
by (shelved 548 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.83 — 299,870 ratings — published 1987
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The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye (Paperback)
by (shelved 455 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.03 — 150,867 ratings — published 1970
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Between the World and Me Between the World and Me (Hardcover)
by (shelved 427 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.40 — 178,024 ratings — published 2015
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The Help The Help (Hardcover)
by (shelved 405 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.47 — 2,012,845 ratings — published 2009
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The Hate U Give The Hate U Give (Hardcover)
by (shelved 401 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.51 — 394,829 ratings — published 2017
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Invisible Man Invisible Man (Paperback)
by (shelved 395 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.86 — 148,873 ratings — published 1952
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The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad (Hardcover)
by (shelved 363 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.02 — 251,407 ratings — published 2016
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Kindred Kindred (Paperback)
by (shelved 335 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.24 — 82,452 ratings — published 1979
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Hardcover)
by (shelved 330 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.06 — 541,610 ratings — published 2010
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Native Son Native Son (Paperback)
by (shelved 316 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.99 — 80,085 ratings — published 1940
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Song of Solomon Song of Solomon (Paperback)
by (shelved 312 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.06 — 79,518 ratings — published 1977
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Paperback)
by (shelved 306 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.31 — 181,494 ratings — published 1965
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Sula Sula (Paperback)
by (shelved 279 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.93 — 55,542 ratings — published 1973
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Go Tell It on the Mountain Go Tell It on the Mountain (Paperback)
by (shelved 252 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.02 — 40,849 ratings — published 1954
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An American Marriage An American Marriage (Hardcover)
by (shelved 239 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.96 — 202,407 ratings — published 2018
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Homegoing Homegoing (Hardcover)
by (shelved 239 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.42 — 139,538 ratings — published 2016
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Sing, Unburied, Sing Sing, Unburied, Sing (Hardcover)
by (shelved 237 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.02 — 90,358 ratings — published 2017
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Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming (Hardcover)
by (shelved 233 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.15 — 56,700 ratings — published 2014
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The Fire Next Time The Fire Next Time (Paperback)
by (shelved 219 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.50 — 37,929 ratings — published 1963
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Becoming Becoming (Hardcover)
by (shelved 209 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.57 — 388,541 ratings — published 2018
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The Souls of Black Folk The Souls of Black Folk (Paperback)
by (shelved 208 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.28 — 30,361 ratings — published 1903
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Black Boy Black Boy (Paperback)
by (shelved 192 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.05 — 45,462 ratings — published 1945
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A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun (Hardcover)
by (shelved 180 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.78 — 62,194 ratings — published 1959
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The Known World The Known World (Paperback)
by (shelved 175 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.83 — 33,284 ratings — published 2003
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Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom's Cabin (Paperback)
by (shelved 172 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.86 — 185,934 ratings — published 1852
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Twelve Years a Slave Twelve Years a Slave (ebook)
by (shelved 168 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.19 — 86,755 ratings — published 1853
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March: Book One (March, #1) March: Book One (March, #1)
by (shelved 167 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.33 — 34,667 ratings — published 2013
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The Secret Life of Bees The Secret Life of Bees (Paperback)
by (shelved 164 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.05 — 1,073,599 ratings — published 2001
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Push Push (Paperback)
by (shelved 161 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.84 — 46,596 ratings — published 1996
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Giovanni’s Room Giovanni’s Room (Paperback)
by (shelved 160 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.24 — 49,667 ratings — published 1956
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Passing Passing (Paperback)
by (shelved 155 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.85 — 18,465 ratings — published 1929
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A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying (Paperback)
by (shelved 155 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.95 — 49,202 ratings — published 1993
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Americanah Americanah (Hardcover)
by (shelved 152 times as african-american)
avg rating 4.30 — 224,731 ratings — published 2013
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Salvage the Bones Salvage the Bones (Hardcover)
by (shelved 151 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.93 — 39,253 ratings — published 2011
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Bud, Not Buddy Bud, Not Buddy (Hardcover)
by (shelved 144 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.93 — 91,939 ratings — published 1999
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Monster Monster (Paperback)
by (shelved 142 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.72 — 57,576 ratings — published 1999
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Jazz Jazz (Paperback)
by (shelved 135 times as african-american)
avg rating 3.81 — 21,231 ratings — published 1992
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Isaiah Washington
“DNA has memory!”
Isaiah Washington, A Man from Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life

W.E.B. Du Bois
“The South believed an educated Negro to be a dangerous Negro. And the South was not wholly wrong; for education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. Nevertheless, men strive to know.”
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

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