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"Woman In Mediation" digital art, c2013

“Woman In Mediation” digital art, c2013

A host of bibliographies are available online on African American history and culture. However we began our compilation with selected texts we considered classics or seminal in intellectual value. Then we asked people we know to give us the titles of books that made a profound impact on their lives and Blacks in the diaspora. We then took these two sets of titles to see if we could find their frequency among those listed on some of the top online sites which present Africana history bibliographies. Even we were amazed at the results. Our recommended readings include a wealth of knowledge—and many of these texts are considered ground-breaking. In addition, the exercise revealed that several noted scholars who have produced additional texts which comprise a comprehensive body of work. In our recommended readings you will find scholarship, biography, textbooks, essays, opinion, and literature (fiction, prose, poetry). Some of the texts listed below have been characterized as pedagogic instruments which have caused a “paradigm shift” in society, particularly in our understanding and interpretation of African American history and culture. For all who take the time to read and have no fear of the intelligent narrative—History Is A State of Mind

100 Transformational Texts In The Study Of African American History And Culture: Part I, 1—50

  1. Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart New York: Anchor Books, (1958) 1994.
  2. Akbar, Na’im. Breaking The Chains of Psychological Slavery. Tallahassee: Mind Productions and Associates, Inc., 1996.
  3. Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1983.
  4. Ani, Marimba, Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora. Trenton: Red Sea Press. 1989/1997.
  5. Ani, Marimba, Yurugu: An African Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. Trenton: African World Press. 1994.
  6. Asante, Molefi Kete, Afrocentricity. Trenton, NJ: African World Press, 1988.
  7. Asante, Molefi Kete, The Afrocentric Idea. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.
  8. Asante, Molefi Kete, The History Of Africa: The Quest For Eternal Harmony, New York: Routledge, 2007.
  9. Baldwin, James, The Fire Next Time. New York: Dial Press, 1963.
  10. Baraka, Imamu Amiri, It’s Nation Time, Third World Press, 1970.
  11. X, Malcolm, Autobiography of Malcolm X. With the assistance of Alex Haley. New York: Grove Press, 1965.
  12. Bennett, Lerone, Jr., Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. Chicago: Johnson, 1982.
  13. Berry, Mary Frances and John Blassingame, Long Memory: the Black Experience in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
  14. Blassingame, John W., The Slave Community: Plantation Life In The Antebellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 1972.
  15. Brown, Elaine, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story. New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.
  16. Butler, Octavia E., Kindred, Beacon Press, 1988.
  17. Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power: the Politics of Liberation in America. New York: Random House, 1967.
  18. Chinweizu, The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers, and the African Elite. Random House, 1975.
  19. Chisholm, Shirley, Unbought and Unbossed Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
  20. Clarke, J. H. Africans at the Crossroad: Notes on an African World Revolution. New York: African World Press, 1993.
  21. Collier-Thomas, Bettye, and V. P. Franklin, Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
  22. Collins, Patricia Hill, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge, 2000.
  23. Davis, Angela, Women, Race and Class. New York: Vintage Books, (1981) 1983.
  24. Davis, Arthur P., From the Dark Tower: Afro-American Writers 1900 to 1960. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1974.
  25. Diop, Cheikh Anta, The Cultural Unity of Black Africa. Chicago: Third World Press. 1959.
  26. Diop, Cheikh Anta, Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. (New York, NY: Lawrence Hill Books), 1991.
  27. Diop, Cheikh Anta, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. New York, L. Hill, 1974.
  28. Du Bois, W.E.B., Black Reconstruction: An Essay Toward A History Of The Part Which Black Folk Played In The Attempt To Reconstruct Democracy In America, 1860-1880, New York : Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1935.
  29. Du Bois, W.E.B., The Souls of Black Folk. New York: New American Library, 1969.
  30. Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. New York: Signet, (1845) 1968.
  31. Duster, Alfreda M., (ed.) Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.
  32. Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man, New York: Random House (1947) 1995.
  33. Fanon, Frantz, The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove Press, 1966.
  34. Fanon, Frantz, Black Skin, White Mask. New York: Grove Press. 1967.
  35. Franklin, John Hope and Alfred A. Moss, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, Michigan: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
  36. Gates, Jr., Henry Louis, Colored People: A Memoir, Alfred Knopf, 1994.
  37. Gates, Jr., Henry Louis, Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  38. Genovese, Eugene D. Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon Books, 1974.
  39. Giddings, Paula, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. New York: Bantam, 1984.
  40. Herskovits, Melville, The Myth of the Negro Past. Boston: Beacon Press, (1941) 1990.
  41. Hill, Robert A., (ed.) The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association papers. 6 vols. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983-1990.
  42. Hilliard, III, Asa G. SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind. Gainesville: Makare Publishing, 1997.
  43. Hine, Darlene C., Wilma King and Linda Reed, We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women’s History. Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1995.
  44. Hine, Darlene Clark, Black Women In American History. 16 vols. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Pub., 1990.
  45. Holloway, Joseph E., Africanisms in American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.
  46. hooks, bell, Killing Rage: Ending Racism, Henry Holt & Co., 1995.
  47. Hudson-Weems, Clenora, Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves. Troy: Bedford Publishing, 2004.
  48. Huggins, Nathan Irvin, Black Odyssey: The Afro-American Ordeal in Slavery, Random House, 1990.
  49. Hull, Gloria T. Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, (eds.) All The Women Are White, All The Blacks Are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies. Old Westbury, N.Y.: Feminist Press, 1982.
  50. Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God, HarperCollins, 1990.