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The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

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All of these titles are compiled in the book Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books, which was published by QBR: The Black Book Review magazine in 1999.This page has been optimized for printing and the titles are sorted alphabetically. Display this page with images.

The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

  1. A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society) by James H. Cone (1990-11-01)
  2. A Hard Road To Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete: Vol 3 1946-Present by Arthur Ashe (1993-10-01)
  3. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (1994-09-01)
  4. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (2004-11-29)
  5. AFRICA MUST UNITE by Kwame Nkrumah (2006-11-17)
  6. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks (1971-10-01)
  7. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America; Sixth Revised Edition by Lerone Bennett (1993-07-01)
  8. Beloved by Toni Morrison (2004-06-08)
  9. Black Betty by Walter Mosley (1995-08-01)
  10. Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in America by E. Franklin Frazier (1997-02-13)
  11. Black Boy by Richard Wright (2007-03-27)
  12. Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace (1999-04-17)
  13. Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton (1993-08-01)
  14. Black Power : The Politics of Liberation by Kwame Ture (1992-11-10)
  15. Black Reconstruction In America, 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois (1998-01-01)
  16. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon (1994-01-07)
  17. Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Amiri Baraka (1999-01-20)
  18. Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America—An Anthology by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen (1996-01-30)
  19. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman (1995-08-29)
  20. Cane by Jean Toomer (1993-08-17)
  21. Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States by William Wells Brown (2000-02-07)
  22. Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans by James M. Washington (2014-10-14)
  23. Damballah (Homewood Trilogy) by John Edgar Wideman (1998-07-06)
  24. Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby (1994-02-01)
  25. David Walker’s Appeal by David Walker (1995-04-30)
  26. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams (1992-02-01)
  27. Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (1986-10-12)
  28. Faith And The Good Thing by Charles Johnson (2001-01-10)
  29. Fences (1950s Century Cycle) by August Wilson (1986-06-01)
  30. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange (1997-09-01)
  31. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin (2000-04-11)
  32. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (2013-09-12)
  33. God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane (2008-08-11)
  34. Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children by Marian Wright Edelman (2000-09-19)
  35. I Have A Dream/ Also Letter From Birmingham Jail (Tale Blazers) by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1990-09-01)
  36. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (2002-03-05)
  37. If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes (1995-10-01)
  38. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1994-06-14)
  39. Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman (1996-11-30)
  40. Jubilee by Margaret Walker (1999-01-21)
  41. Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta (1994-02-22)
  42. Kindred by Octavia Butler (2004-02-01)
  43. Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (1996-04-02)
  44. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1999-06-03)
  45. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks (1992-10-01)
  46. Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe (1990-09-15)
  47. Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (2016-03-01)
  48. Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed (1996-06-11)
  49. My Soul is a Witness: African-American Women’s Spirituality by Gloria Wade-Gayles (1996-10-30)
  50. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written By Himself by Frederick Douglass (2001-02-08)
  51. Native Son by Richard Wright (1940-03-01)
  52. Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989 by Stanley Crouch (1990-03-15)
  53. Our Nig: Or, Sketches From the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson (1983-05-04)
  54. Praisesong For The Widow by Paule Marshall (1984-04-16)
  55. Race Matters by Cornel West (1994-03-29)
  56. Roots by Alex Haley (1980-10-15)
  57. Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud (2000-08-05)
  58. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton by Bobby Seale (1996-11-15)
  59. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (1984-06-01)
  60. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter (1997-10-17)
  61. Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson (1994-09-01)
  62. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (2004-06-08)
  63. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver (1999-01-12)
  64. Spirits of the Passage by Cornel West (1997-02-12)
  65. Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James (1992-07-01)
  66. Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women by Iyanla Vanzant (1992-08-01)
  67. The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As told to Alex Haley) by Malcolm X (1992-09-29)
  68. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines (1982-08-01)
  69. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James (1989-10-23)
  70. The Blacker The Berry… by Wallace Thurman (1996-02-02)
  71. The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel by David Bradley (1981-04-01)
  72. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (2003-05-28)
  73. The Conjure Stories (Norton Critical Editions) by Charles W. Chesnutt (2011-12-01)
  74. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership by Harold Cruse (2005-06-30)
  75. The Famished Road by Ben Okri (1993-05-01)
  76. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1992-12-01)
  77. The Hero And the Blues by Albert Murray (1996-01-16)
  78. The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself (Bedford Series In History & Culture) by Olaudah Equiano (2006-04-07)
  79. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941: I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad (1988-02-25)
  80. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1914-1967, I Dream a World by Arnold Rampersad (2002-01-10)
  81. The Lyrics Of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar (2000-06-01)
  82. The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams (1985-04-01)
  83. The New Negro: Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke (1999-03-01)
  84. The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans: Or, Africa for the Africans by Marcus Mosiah Garvey (1986-11-01)
  85. The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (2008-08-11)
  86. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1996-04-01)
  87. The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee (1989-05-01)
  88. The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry (1999-03-28)
  89. The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith by Samuel D. Proctor (1999-07-01)
  90. The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes (1990-09-12)
  91. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (1983-06-30)
  92. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (1961-01-01)
  93. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima (1976-11-12)
  94. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1994-09-01)
  95. Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah (2000-01-01)
  96. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (2000-03-23)
  97. W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis (1994-12-15)
  98. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan (1992-05-28)
  99. We a BaddDDD People. by Sonia Sanchez (1970-01-01)
  100. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel by Bebe Moore Campbell (1995-06-27)

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