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“One of the first things enslavers did was enact laws to criminalize our

ancestors to keep them from reading. They feared that if the enslaved

Africans read books, they could not suppress them. The slave masters knew

what power books held.  Those books had stories and knowledge of where

our ancestors came from and who they used to be. Discovering this would

disrupt the chattel slavery system they were trying to build.”

Pastor Rhonda Thomas | Executive Director


Black history, Black culture, and Black lives are continually under attack. From chattel slavery, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, to redlining, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration, to voter suppression, the school-to-prison pipeline, and police brutality,

the list of oppressions perpetrated against Black people in this country is endless. We continually find ourselves not just fighting against the systems that perpetuate these racist oppressions, but fighting against these same systems that want to erase this part of America’s heinous past, especially in the state of Florida.


Florida Legislation

Due to Florida legislation, HB 7, known as the “Stop Woke Act,” has made the factual teaching

of Black history a crime, particularly when the teaching of large segments of our history gets

erroneously labeled as Critical Race Theory. This has resulted in books being banned from public

schools and libraries. In 2023, SB 266 was also signed into law, which not only dismantled

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs from state universities, but have also banned the teaching of any concept in general education classes that is “based on theories that systemic racism, sexism, oppression, and privilege are inherent in the institutions of the United States and were created to maintain social, political, and economic inequities.”



While Florida has been declared by Governor DeSantis as “the freest state in America,” he and the state legislature have simultaneously resorted to policing

Black existence. This is precisely why Faith in Florida is taking a stance. We will

not be legislated into acquiescence, allowing Black history to be erased and

Black voices to be silenced. We have committed to the teaching of Black history

through the lens of truth, not through a lens that is exclusionary, revisionist,

racist, and reeks of fascism. We ask all those who agree to join us in the fight to

keep Black history alive and to commit to teaching it accurately and with fidelity. 

To that end, we present you with Faith in Florida’s Black History / Black Studies Toolkit. In it, you will find resource lists covering various topics that you’ll find instrumental in the study of Black history and Black culture.

Africans in America
The Transatlantic Sale Trade
Africans in America
  • Books

    • They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima

    • Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962 by Lerone Bennett

    • Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke

The Transatlantic Slave Trade & the Enslavement of Black Bodies
  • Books

    • Sins of the Fathers: The Atlantic Slave Traders 1441-1807 by James Pope-Hennessy

    • Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande Mustakeem

    • The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker

    • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist

    • Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese

    • Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History by Gregory Smithers

    • Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men by Thomas A. Foster

    • They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie Jones-Rogers

    • Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic by Jennifer Morgan

    • The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation by Daina Ramey Berry

    • Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow

    • Slavery in the North: Forgetting History and Recovering Memory by Marc Howard Ross

    • Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory by James Oliver Horton

    • The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage by John Harris

    • Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas by Sally Hadden

    • How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

  • Documentaries

    • Up From Slavery by Baron Blakley (different from Booker T. Washington’s autobiography)

    • Redeeming Uncle Tom (on Amazon Prime)

Slave Narratives

Personal Accounts &
Fighting For Freedom

Slave Narratives
  • Books

    • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

    • Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington

    • Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth

    • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

    • Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter

    • The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts by William Still

    • When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection by Norman Yetman

    • American Slavery As It Is: Selections from the Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses by Theodore Dwight Weld

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

    • Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, Steven Miller

  • Video Shorts

Slave Resistance & Revolts
  • Books 

    • Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People by Sarah Bradford

    • The Confessions of Nat Turner: The Leader of the Late Insurrections in Southampton, VA by Thomas Gray

    • The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by Gerald Horne

    • There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America by Vincent Harding

    • Denmark Vesey: The Buried Story of America's Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It by David Robertson

    • Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights by Jack Shuler

    • Gabriel's Conspiracy: A Documentary History by Philip Schwarz (Gabriel’s attempted slave rebellion did not succeed, this book is a selection of the documents relating to the planned rebellion)

Report & Video
Slave Resistance & Revolts
Collection of 1st Person Accounts
Report & Video
The Civil War

Setting the Captives Free

The Civil War


Lynching & Th Jim Crow South
Race Uprising

Racial Terrorism & Civil Unrest

Lynching & The Jim Crow South

  • Books 

    • Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890 - 1940 by Amy Louise Wood

    • Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror by Angela D. Sims

    • Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal Feimster

    • Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen

    • American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass by Douglas Massey

    • Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B. Wells

    • Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South by William Chafe and Raymond Gavins

    • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

    • Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen

    • Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America by Kathy Roberts Forde, et al.

    • Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities by Jessica Trounstine

    • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

    • Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates

  • Article

Racial Uprising
The Civil Rights Movement, Black Freedom Struggles, Activism, & Organizing
  • Books 

    • The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle by Clayborn Carson, et al. (also a documentary)

    • A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis

    • Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006 by Manning Marable

    • Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers by Bobby Seale

    • Sisters in the Struggle : African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement by Bettye Collier-Thomas

    • A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James Washington

    • Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements by Malcolm X, edited by George Breitman

    • Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle - Jeanne Theoharis, et al.

    • Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom

    • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor

    • We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People by William Patterson

    • We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement by Akinyele Omowale Umoja

    • This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles Cobb

    • The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement by Lance Hill

    • In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson

    • Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter by Tehama Lopez Bunyasi

    • The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza

    • The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Rev. William J. Barber

    • #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice by Sarah Jackson, et al.

  • Documentaries

    • Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 by PBS

    • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson

    • FBI’s War On Black America (on Amazon Prime)

The Civil Rigts Movement & Black Freedom Struggles
The Social Construction of Race
Impcts of Racism & Slavery on

Race, Racism, & Whiteness

The Social Construction of Race & Racism

  • Books 

    • The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman

    • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

    • The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control (vol. 1) by Theodore Allen and Jeffrey Perry

    • The Invention of the White Race: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America (vol. 2) by Theodore Allen and Jeffrey Perry

    • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

    • Making Whiteness: The Cultural Segregation in the South, 1890 -1940 by Grace Elizabeth Hale

    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    • White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race by Ian Haney Lopez

    • When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality by Ira Katznelson

    • The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz

    • White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

    • Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

    • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

    • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez

    • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

    • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    • Inventing Black-on-Black Violence: Discourse, Space, and Representation by David Wilson

    • Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo

    • White Fear: How the Browning of America Is Making White Folks Lose Their Minds by Roland Martin

    • Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey

    • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin

  • Documentaries 

    • Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America by Jeffery Robinson

  • Video Short

Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality

White Christian Nationalism

Impacts of Racism & Slavery on African American Culture
  • Books

    • The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah Jones (also a documentary on Hulu)

    • Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present by Nell Irvin Painter

    • Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie Glaude, Jr. 

    • Race Matters by Cornel West

    • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    • The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy by Andrea Flynn

    • How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz

    • Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha LeFlouria

    • Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People by Ben Crump

    • Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis

    • Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism by Steven Gillon

    • One Person,  No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

    • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

    • At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle McGuire

    • Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder

    • Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections by Stacey Abrams, et al.

    • From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century by William Darity and Kirsten Mullen

    • The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson

    • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

    • Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa

    • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

  • Documentaries

    • Slavery By Another Name by Douglas Blackmon (also a book)

Environmental Racism
  • Books

    • Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl Zimring

    • Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon

    • Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility by Dorceta Taylor

    • Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement by Ronald Sandler

    • Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Dianne Glave

    • Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths by Melanie Harris

    • The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution by Robert Bullard

    • From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement by Luke Cole

    • The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark

Race & Medicine
Environmental Racism
Race & Medicine
White Christian Nationalism
Critical Race Theory & Inter.
Race & Religion

Faith as Resistance

Race & Religion

  • Books

    • The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America by Jeanine Hill Fletcher

    • Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery by Stephen Haynes

    • The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by David Goldenberg

    • Race, Racism, and the Biblical Narratives by Cain Hope Felder

    • Race and Theology by Elaine Robinson

    • The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America by Edward Blum and Paul Harvey

    • The Black Messiah by Albert Cleage

    • The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby

    • The Black Christ by Kelly Brown Douglas

    • Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being by M. Shawn Copeland

    • Blacks in the Bible: The Original Roots of Men & Women of Color in Scripture by James H. Warden Jr. 

    • 500 Questions & Answers of Black Presence in the Bible by John L. Johnson

    • Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

    • Witnessing Whiteness: Confronting White Supremacy in the American Church by Kristopher Norris

    • Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience by M. Shawn Copeland

    • White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America by Anthea Butler

Slave Religion, The Black Church, Black Christianity
  • Books

    • Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South by Albert Raboteau

    • The Souls of Womenfolk: The Religious Cultures of Enslaved Women in the Lower South by Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh

    • Religion of the Field Negro: On Black Secularism and Black Theology by Vincent Lloyd

    • Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans by Albert Raboteau

    • African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton Sernett

    • The Black Church in the African American Experience by C. Eric Lincoln

    • The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness by Raphael Warnock

    • The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted by Obery Hendricks

    • Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience by JoAnne Marie Terrell

    • We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology by James Evans, Jr. 

    • Black Religion and Black Radicalism: An Interpretation of the Religious History of African Americans by Gayraud Wilmore

    • Africans Who Shaped Our Faith by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright

    • How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity - Thomas C. Oden

    • Practical Theology for Black Churches – Dale Andrews

    • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God – Kelly Brown Douglas

    • Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith by Obery Hendricks

    • Blow the Trumpet in Zion: Global Vision and Action for the 21st Century Black Church by Iva Carruthers and Frederick Haynes III

    • African American Religious Studies: An Interdisciplinary Anthology by Gayraud Wilmore

    • African American Religious Thought: An Anthology - Cornel West, et al.

  • Documentaries

    • The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates (this is also a book)

Black Liberation & Womanist Theologies
  • Books

    • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

    • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone

    • Walking through the Valley: Womanist Explorations in the Spirit of Katie Geneva Cannon by Emilie Townes, et al.

    • Black Theology & Black Power by James Cone

    • Dancing with God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective by Karen Baker-Fletcher

    • A Black Theology of Liberation by James Cone

    • God of the Oppressed by James Cone

    • If God Still Breathes, Why Can't I: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority by Angela Parker

    • Down, Up, and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology by Dwight Hopkins

    •  Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk – Delores Williams

    • Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society – Stacey Floyd-Thomas

    • I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader by Mitzi Smith

    • Is God a White Racist: A Preamble to Black Theology – William Jones

    • Heart and Head: Black Theology―Past, Present, and Future by Dwight Hopkins

    • Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation by Mitzi Smith

    • If It Wasn't for the Women. . .: Black Women's Experience And Womanist Culture In Church And Community by Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

    • Black Theology: A Documentary History Vol. 1: 1966-1979 by James Cone and Gayraud Wilmore

    • Black Theology: A Documentary History Vol. 2: 1980-1992 by James Cone and Gayraud Wilmore

    • God Is a Black Woman by Christena Cleveland

    • Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics by Traci West

    • Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living" (Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice) by Aana Marie Vigen

    • Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter by Traci West

African American Biblical Interpretation & Commentary
  • Books

    • The Original African Heritage Study Bible by Cain Hope Felder

    • Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation by Cain Hope Felder

    • True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary by Brian Blount, et al.

    • Bitter the Chastening Rod: Africana Biblical Interpretation After Stony the Road We Trod in the Age of BLM, SayHerName, and MeToo by Mitzi Smith, et al.

    • Yet with a Steady Beat: Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation by Randall Bailey

    • Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction To The Women Of The Torah And The Throne by Gafney Wilda

    • The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora by Hugh Page, et al.

    • African American Readings of Paul: Reception, Resistance, and Transformation by Lisa Bowens

Slave Religion, The Black Church
Black Liberation & Womanist
African American Biblical Inter

The Criminal Injustice System


  • Books

    • America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton

    • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko

    • Police Brutality: An Anthology by Jill Nelson

    • Race and Police Brutality: Roots of an Urban Dilemma by Malcolm Holmes

    • Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment by Angela J. Davis

    • Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie

    • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America by Jennifer Cobinna

    • When Police Kill by Franklin Zimring

    • Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women by Kimberle Crenshaw

    • The Color of the Third Degree: Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930-1955 by Sylvan Niedermeier

    • The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence by Laurence Ralph

    • They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up by Justine Barron and Rabia Chaudry (available August 1, 2023)

    • His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa

    • Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment by Devon Carbado

    • Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable by Joanna Schwartz

    • Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler

  • Documentaries

  • Video Shorts

Mass Incarceration

Mass Incarceration
History | Readers | Anthologies

Black History is American History

History | Readers | Anthologies

  • Books

    • To Make Our World Anew: Volume I: A History of African Americans to 1880 by Robin D. G. Kelley, et al.

    • To Make Our World Anew: Volume II: A History of African Americans Since 1880 by Robin D. G. Kelley, et al.

    • Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology by Manning Marable, et al.

    • Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi

    • A Black Women's History of the United States (by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

    • The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era by Peniel Joseph

    • God and Race in American Politics: A Short History by Mark Knoll

    • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois

    • The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

    • The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance by James Smethurst

    • David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World by David Walker

    • Mary McLeod Bethune: Her Life and Legacy by Nancy Ann Zrinyi Long

    • Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives by Darcy Eveleigh, et al.

    • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

    • Black Women in White America: A Documentary History by Gerda Lerner

    • Our History Has Always Been Contraband: In Defense of Black Studies by Colin Kaepernick, et al.

    • Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by Michael Harriot

  • Documentaries

    • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross by Henry Louis Gates (also a book)

    • Black History: A Retrospective

    • Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise by Henry Louis Gates 

    • I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin (also a book)

Florida's Black History

Black Women in Leadership


  • Books

    • The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

    • Becoming by Michelle Obama

    • Lovely One by Ketanji Brown Jackson (coming soon)

    • Lead From the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams

  • Video

Social Justice / Civil Rights
  • Books

    • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors

    • Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

    • Equal Justice Under Law: An Autobiography by Constance Baker Motley

    • Ella Baker And The Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision by Barbara Ransby

    • Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Janet Dewart Bell

    • The Forerunner: A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America by Cori Bush

  • Video

  • Books

    • On Intersectionality: Essential Writings by Kimberle Crenshaw (coming soon)

  • Video

Social Justice / Civil Rights
Slavery, Black Freedom
Historical Ficton / Fiction


Slavery, Black Freedom

  • Books

    • To Be a Slave by Julius Lester

    • Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling

    • Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen Levine

    • We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

    • Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright

    • A Brave Little Cookie by Lavon W Bracy

    • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

    • March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals

    • Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones

    • Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates and Tonya Bolden

  • Video

Historical Fiction / Fiction
  • Books

    • Dear Martin Book Series by Nic Stone

      • Dear Martin

      • Dear Justyce

    • The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

    • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

    • The Logan Family Saga Book Series by Mildred Taylor 

      • Song of the Trees (1975)

      • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1975)

      • Let the Circle Be Unbroken (1981)

      • The Friendship (1987)

      • The Gold Cadillac (1987)

      • Mississippi Bridge (1990)

      • The Road to Memphis (1992)

      • The Well (1995)

      • The Land (2001)

      • All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (2020)

    • Angie Thomas Book Series

      • The Hate U Give 

      • On The Come Up

  • Books

    • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

    • The FBI War on Tupac Shakur: State Repression of Black Leaders from the Civil Rights Era to the 1990s by John Potash

  • Books

    • Sensitive Warsongz For Black & Brown Boyz by Kwabena Antoine Nixon

    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    • Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper

    • Letter to a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny by Hill Harper

    • The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur (poetry)

    • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman (poetry)

    • I Wish My Dad: The Power of Vulnerable Conversations between Fathers and Sons by Romal and Jordan Tune

    • Empowered Black Girl: Joyful Affirmations and Words of Resilience by M.J. Fievre

    • Change the Game by Colin Kaepernick

Video Shorts

Toolkit for Further Study

Historical Figures, Activists, Authors,
& Living Legends
  • Barack & Michelle Obama

  • Kamala Harris

  • John Lewis

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Malcolm X

  • Huey P. Newton

  • Stokely Carmichael

  • Elijah Cummings

  • Marcus Garvey

  • Fred Hampton

  • Angela Davis

  • Dorothy Height

  • Assata Shakur

  • Medgar Evers

  • Bayard Rustin

  • Eldredge Cleaver

  • bell hooks

  • Rosa Parks

  • Shirley Chisholm

  • Thurgood Marshall

  • Clarence Thomas

  • Katherine Johnson

  • Henrietta Lacks

  • Dick Gregory

  • Hallie Salsie

  • Ralph Abernathy

  • Claudette Colvin

  • James Weldon Johnson

  • Ida B. Wells

  • Ella Baker

  • Ruby Bridges

  • The Little Rock Nine

  • Lavon Bracy

  • Mary McLeod Bethune

  • Henry “Box” Brown

  • Zora Neal Hurston

  • Langston Hughes

  • James Baldwin

  • Toni Morrison

  • Bobby Seale

  • Emmett Till

  • Nikki Giovanni

  • Alice Walker

  • Ralph Ellison

  • Maya Angelou

  • Richard Wright

  • August Wilson

  • Audre Lorde

Historically Black Colleges & Universities

(accredited HBCUs from the U.S. Department of Education)

Historical Figurs, Activists, Autors & Livng Legends
Historically Black Collges &
Additional Teachig & Learning
The Divine Nine
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