Black history reading list

What's on CUAA's Black History reading list? Check it out!

CUAA’s Black History reading list

Any time is a great time to study Black history. Black History Month, however, is an intentional time when Black history is centered. Black History Month recognizes the important role of Black Americans in the history of the United States. (You can read more about the history of this month here.)

Shanitra Cheff, Concordia’s Director of Multicultural Engagement, shares why it’s important to read Black history:

“Reading and committing time to truly understand Black history is still essential. All students, not just African-American pupils, should be taught about it. Mathematics, geography, and American history are taught to students because they are vital. Black history, which focuses on the past and present contributions of African Americans, is likewise significant and should be taught in all educational settings.”


Concordia University Ann Arbor’s Zimmerman Library offers many titles to help you dig deeper into Black history. Check out our 2022 Black history reading list!


They Say : Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race

Authors: James West Davidson and James West Davidson

Get the ebook here.


Breaking White Supremacy : Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

Author: Gary Dorrien

Get the ebook here.


A Spectacular Leap : Black Women Athletes in Twentieth-Century America

Author: Jennifer H. Lansbury

Get the ebook here.


Frederick Douglass : Selected Speeches and Writings

Philip S. Foner, Yuval Taylor, and Yuval Taylor

Get the ebook here.


W. E. B. du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

Author: The W. E. B. Du, Britt Rusert, and Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Get the ebook here. 


Transforming America : Barack Obama in the White House

Authors: Steven E. Schier, John J. Pitney Jr., John J. Coleman, James L. Guth, John F. Harris, James Hohmann, Bertram Johnson, Richard E. Matland, Nancy Maveety, and James M. McCormick

Get the ebook here.


Painting the Gospel : Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago

Author: Kymberly N. Pinder

Get the ebook here.


Jazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music

Author: John Lowney

Get the ebook here.


This Light of Ours : Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Authors: Leslie G. Kelen, Julian Bond, Clayborne Carson, Director Clayborne Carson, and Matt Herron

Get the ebook here.


Other recommended works


Sometimes I Never Suffered: Poems
Author: Shane McCraeHouse

Author: Angela Jackson-Brown

Author: Joshua Bennett

How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars
Author: Alysia Nicole Harris

Christian living

Gospel Haymanot: A Constructive Theology and Critical Reflection on African and Diasporic Christianity
Author: Vince L. Bantu

Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts
Author: Marcus Jerkins


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