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Get a Jump Start on Black History Month with 100+ Terrific Books

86 African-American History Books

100 Black History Books

Every year I’m asked what are you gonna do for African American History Month? Every year I say the same thing, “Every month is Black History Month at AALBC, and I learn something new every single day.”

I don’t have to do any thing differently, because everything I do is motivated by a desire to ensure our stories, old and new, are uncovered and shared. Sometimes the stories are hard to relate, but most of the time they are quite glorious and uplifting. Check out these African-American History Books; selected just for you.

Lynch Law in America by Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was one powerful and fearless journalist! At great risk to herself she reported in gory, but accurate, detail the horrors leveled against Black people.

In a speech delivered January 1900, in Chicago, Illinois Wells related the story of a man named Hastings, who was accused of murdering of a white man. His fourteen-year-old daughter and sixteen-year-old son were hanged and their bodies were filled with bullets; then the father was lynched. This occurred in November, 1892, at Jonesville, La. Read the full speech ►

Ancient Egyptian History is Black History

Ancient Egyptian History is Black History

Here are ten important books which cover various aspects of ancient Egypt (Kemet). There are classic titles from European scholars like E. A. Wallace Budge, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, and Alain D’Hooghe. You’ll also find more familiar names like Ivan Van Sertima, Drusilla Dunjee Houston, and Cheikh Anta Diop. All have made profound contributions to researching the obscured and hidden history of ancient Egypt. Learn more about these books. ►

African American Literature Begins with the Slave Narrative

African American Literature Begins with the Slave Narrative

The history of African American literature began at the very moment when the first enslaved Blacks took the advanced risk of daring to learn how to read and write. This was one of the first steps toward freedom, long before the underground railroad materialized to physically provide a way out of slavery, learning to read and write provided the initial mental escape from bondage. The quest for freedom, as well as the struggle to attain literacy, were the two struggles whose realization, for the enslaved, represented the mental and physical freedom required to consider oneself truly a part of humanity. Read the full article ►

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Joy Thomas Moore

AALBC’s online book club hosted a live chat with Joy Thomas Moore the author of our January selection, The Power of Presence.

The Power of Presence is for single parents, working parents, and caregivers who worry about the time they spend away from their children, the mother of The Other Wes Moore shares strategies to raise happy, well adjusted kids.

Watch an archive of Joy’s conversation with our Book Club’s co-moderator, Doriel Inez Larrier, on AALBC.

Throughout the month of January readers, or those interested in the book, may join the conversation in our club’s online forum. Participation is fun and there is no commitment.

To minimize spam, we require participants to sign up. Signing up is easy, you may remain anonymous, and we never share your email address. Once you’ve signed up, you may participate in our book discussions any time. We discuss a new book each month and conversations are held on a continuous basis.

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★ eNewsletter – January 23, 2019 – Issue #266


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.