Sacramento Public Library

Black History Month

    Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation

    Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation - Robert J. Norrell

    A deeply researched book examines the life and work of the author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, including his career as one of the first African-American star journalists during a dramatic time of change in American history.
    And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK: An Illustrated Chronology

    And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK: An Illustrated Chronology - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    A companion book to the PBS series examines black history from the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the election of Barack Obama and describes the contradictions in the modern African-American community.
    Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future.
    Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor Reflections on Race and Meditation

    Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor Reflections on Race and Meditation - Damon Tweedy

    A graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School shares his experiences grappling with racial identity, bias and the unique health problems of black Americans, examining the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.
    Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, At Home and At War

    Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, At Home and At War - Linda Hervieux

    Drawing on newly uncovered military records and original interviews with surviving members of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers that has been overlooked by history, and their families, the author tells the story of these heroic men charged with manning armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft on D-Day.
    God Help the Child

    God Help the Child - Toni Morrison

    A latest novel by the Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Bluest Eye traces the impact of childhood trauma on the lives of a beautiful multiracial woman, the man she loves and an abused white girl who looks to her for help.
    How to Be Drawn

    How to Be Drawn - Terrance Hayes

    In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes's background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it.
    Jam on the Vine

    Jam on the Vine - LaShonda Katrice Barnett

    Discovering a love for journalism upon stealing a newspaper from her mother's white employer, precocious Ivoe Williams eventually flees her segregated community to launch a first female-run African-American newspaper at the side of her lover.
    March: Book Two

    March: Book Two - John Lewis

    A first-hand graphic novel account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights continues to cover his involvement in Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington.
    Misty Copeland: Power and Grace

    Misty Copeland: Power and Grace - Richard Corman

    Power and grace define Misty Copeland, an influential ballet dancer who has broken through difficult barriers to become the first female African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
    Negroland: A Memoir

    Negroland: A Memoir - Margo Jefferson

    A highly personal meditation on race, sex and American culture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic traces her upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath.
    Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons

    Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons - Sheila McCauley Keys

    Revealing the woman behind the warrior in the fight for freedom, justice and equality, the family of Rosa Parks presents a collection of personal remembrances, reflections and never-before-seen photos and letters that pay tribute to one of the most famous figures in American history.
    Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding

    Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding - Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters

    A timely collection of personal essays by black men from all walks of life shares their inspiring stories and views about better community engagement, offering contributions by such figures as Al Sharpton, John Legend and Isiah Thomas.
    Selected Letters of Langston Hughes

    Selected Letters of Langston Hughes - Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel

    A comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the canonical African-American author reflects his private struggles, intellectual relationships and extraordinary achievements in a segregated America.
    Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

    Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America - Wil Haygood

    Uses the contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm his appointment as the first African American justice on the Supreme Court as the framework to trace the life and career of one of the giants of the civil rights movement.
    Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

    Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle - Kristen Green

    Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history-- the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate.
    Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim

    Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim - Justin Gifford

    The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, née Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture.
     
    The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family

    The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family - Gail Lumet Buckley

    The daughter of actress Lena Horne traces the lives of her family between two major human rights periods in America, sharing the stories of the branches of her family that lived in the North and South, and their experiences during the Jim Crow and wartime eras.
    The Book of Negroes

    The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

    Dreaming of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king.
    The Complete Poetry

    The Complete Poetry - Maya Angelou

    Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer's remarkable life.
    The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama

    The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama - Ethan Michaeli

    Drawing on interviews and extensive archival research, an award-winning author, publisher and journalist tells the story ofThe Defender, a great black Chicago newspaper that gave voice to the voiceless and whose pages helped elect mayors and presidents and were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells and Martiin Luther King.
    The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth

    The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth - Karen Branan

    A provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912 is written by a descendant of the sheriff charged with protecting them and draws on diaries and letters to piece together the events and motives that led up to the tragedy.
    The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

    The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks - Toni Tipton-Martin

    Women of African descent have contributed to America's food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate "Aunt Jemima" who cooked mostly by natural instinct. Tipton-Martin looks at black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant's manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights.
    The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States

    The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States - Ira Berlin

    Argues that the emancipation of the American slaves was not a singular event but a century-long process marked by brutal struggle.
    The Turner House

    The Turner House - Angela Flournoy

    Learning after a half-century of family life that their house on Detroit's East Side is worth only a fraction of its mortgage, the members of the Turner family gather to reckon with their pasts and decide the house's fate.
    The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken

    The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken - Wendell Pierce

    A Tony Award-winning producer recounts how his home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and how his family dedicated themselves to helping rebuild all of Pontchartrain Park.
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