Read about it: African American History Month

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  • America’s Original Sin : Racism, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America / Jim Wallis

Bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis shows how Christians can work together to overcome the destructive and pervasive nature of racism in American society. (Baker Pub. Group)

  • The Blood of Emmett Till / Timothy B. Tyson

Draws on firsthand testimonies and recovered court transcripts to present a scholarly account of the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and its role in launching the civil rights movement. (Baker & Taylor)

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

A professor at Princeton University makes the case that multiple forces have conspired to deepen the impoverishment of black communities, crystallizing the untenable position of Black America and offering thoughts on a better way forward. (Baker & Taylor)

  • The Fire This Time : a New Generation Speaks About Race / ed. by Jesmyn Ward

Presents a continuation of James Baldwin's 1963 "The Fire Next Time" that examines racial issues from the past half-century through essays, poems, and memoir pieces by some of the current generation's most original thinkers and writers.(Baker and Taylor)

  • The Free State of Jones : Mississippi’s Longest Civil War / Victoria Bynum

Traces the origins and legacy of the Jones County uprising—a 1963-64 conflict during which a band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in Jones County, Mississippi—from the American Revolution to the modern civil rights movement, in a book that ties into the May 2016 release of the film it inspired. (Atlas Pub.)

  • I Am Not Your Negro : a companion edition to the documentary film directed by Raoul Peck / James Baldwin

Each line of narration in Raoul Peck’s stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro is taken directly from James Baldwin’s writings, letters, and interviews, or from video clips featuring him. The film’s starting point is the most famous book Baldwin never wrote: in his final years, he had begun work on a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. (Random House)

  • The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Era of Colorblindness /  Michelle Alexander

Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. (Baker and Taylor)

  • Tears We Cannot Stop : a Sermon to White America / Michael Eric Dyson

A call for change in the United States argues that racial progress can only be achieved after facing difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, and discounted. (Baker and Taylor)

  • They Can’t Kill Us All : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement / Wesley Lowery

A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.

  • White Rage : the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide / Carol Anderson

From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America. (Baker and Taylor)

  • Writings on the Wall : Searching for an Equality Beyond Black and White / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Traces the evolution of the author's views on social justice, from his youth in the civil rights era to his current role as a cultural commentator on topics ranging from race and economic inequality to music and the influence of the media. (Baker and Taylor)