Celebrate Black History Month

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DB079514 Song of the Shank Jeffery Renard Allen Based on the true story of a blind slave who was a musical prodigy Historical Fiction
DB079497 How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement Ruth Feldstein Examines the experience of women like Nina Simone, Lena Horne in the 1960s and 1970s Nonfiction, History, Biography, Sociology
DB079015 The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines Melton Alonza McLaurin Chronicles the experience of the first black Marines after Roosevelt prohibited racial discrimination in the military Nonfiction, History, Military
DB078182 First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School Alison Stewart Chronicles first public black high school founded in 1870, segregation, educational reform, inner-city problems Nonfiction, History, Sociology
DB077891 Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup Memoir detailing life of man born free in New York, enslaved in 1841, rescued in 1853 Autobiography, Bestseller, History
DB077672 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Classic novel examines racial injustice in the South Literature, Young Adult, Award Winning
DB077242 The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights William Powell Jones Examines the economic goals of the 1963 march on Washington, labor unions, and the role of black women's groups Nonfiction, History, Sociology, Politics and Government
DB076678 The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks Jeanne Theoharis Biography of civil rights leader Nonfiction, Biography, History, Political Science
DB076438 Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Joshua Bloom Comprehensive history of the Black Panther Party and its political ideology Nonfiction, History, Politics and Government, Sociology
DB074560 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander Reviews racial history and examines widespread incarceration as means of social control Nonfiction, History, Sociology, Crime
DB074518 Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America Cameron McWhirter Examines race riots and lynchings in 1919 after event in Georgia  Nonfiction, History, Sociology
DB073571 On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey through the Harlem Renaissance Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Tribute to black artists, activists, athletes, and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance Nonfiction, Autobiography, History, Sports
DB073074 The One Hundred* Best African American Poems (*but I Cheated) Nikki Giovanni Collection of classical and contemporary poems by African Americans Literature, Poetry
DB072930 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Manning Marable Biography of the orator, activist and icon Nonfiction, Biography, History, Religion, Bestseller
DB071929 The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson Chronicles the migration of African Americans from the South 1915-1970 due to institutionalized racism Nonfiction, History, Bestseller, Sociology
DB071643 America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders; with 21 Activities Nancy Sanders Discusses contributions of black doctors, ministers, poets, sailors and soldiers during the nation's founding, with activities Juvenile (grades 4-7), History, Biography, 
DB068329 Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen Philip Dray  Examines post-Civil War social and political issues, lives of black leaders Nonfiction, History, Biography, Politics and Government
DB067568 Only the Ball was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams Robert Peterson Chronicles black baseball leagues through Jackie Robinson's 1947 desegregation of the major leagues.  Nonfiction, Biography, Sports
DB066592 Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America Nick Kotz Examines partnership that enabled passing of the Civil Rights Act Nonfiction, History, Biography, Politics and Government
DB066297  Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Harriet Washington Examines racial and ethical issues in medical field, research and testing on African Americans Nonfiction, History, Medicine and Health, Politics and Government, Award Winning 
DB062419 Freshwater Road Denise Nicholas Novel detailing a young woman's experience during the Civil Rights Movement Fiction, Award Winning, Download Only
DB062330 A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Martin Luther King Jr. Collection of 11 speeches made by King Nonfiction, History, Political Science
DB061904 The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature  Valerie Lee Collection of poetry, letters, slave narratives, fiction, and drama from black women Literature, History, Biography, Poetry
DB057200 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Memoir by poet and academic recounts racial and gender hardships Biography, Poetry
DB056346 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Classic novel of a young black man's search for identity Fiction, Award Winning, Download Only