Sunday, February 21, 2016

List of 50 African American books from the 20th century

Here's a list of 50 books by African Americans from the 20th century that a group of my students have been browsing and using as the basis for class projects. The list I initially presented to the students was not in alphabetical order, as the list is below. Oh, and the list is definitely not comprehensive

[Related: Chronological list of 50 books by African American writers from the 20th century]

50 books by African American writers

1. Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
2. Baraka, Amiri. Blues People
3. Bambara, Toni Cade. Gorilla, My Love
4. Butler, Octavia. Bloodchild and other stories
5. Butler, Octavia. Clay’s Ark
6. Butler, Octavia. Kindred
7. Butler, Octavia. Mind of My Mind
8. Butler, Octavia. Patternmaster
9. Butler, Octavia. Wild Seed
10. Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory
11. Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak!
12. Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folks
13. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
14. Gaines, Ernest. A Lesson Before Dying
15. Gates, Henry Louis. Signifying Monkey
16. Giovanni, Nikki. Ego-Tripping And Other Poems for Young People
17. Giovanni, Nikki. Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement
18. Haley, Alex. Roots
19. hooks, bell. Ain't I a Woman?: Black women and feminism
20. Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues
21. Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage
22. Johnson, James Weldon The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
23. Jones, Edward P. Lost in the City
24. Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God
25. Larsen, Nella. Passing
26. Locke, Alain. The New Negro
27. Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider
28. Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
29. Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
30. Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon
31. Morrison, Toni. Beloved
32. Morrison, Toni. Sula
33. Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress
34. Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place
35. Petry, Ann. The Street
36. Redmond, Eugene Drumvoices
37. Reed, Ishmael. Flight to Canada.
38. Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo
39. Rose, Tricia. Black Noise
40. Souljah, Sister. The Coldest Winter Ever
41. Walker, Alice. The Color Purple
42. Walker, Margaret. For My People
43. Walker, Margaret. Jubilee
44. West, Cornel. Race Matters
45. Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist
46. Wilson, Julius William. The Truly Disadvantaged
47. Woodson, Carter G. The Mis-Education of the Negro
48. Wright, Richard. 12 Million Black Voices
49. Wright, Richard. Native Son
50. Wright, Richard. Black Boy

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