Black History Month Reading List

Today marks the first day of a month-long celebration of the history, influences, and global impact of African American people and culture. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the 2013 theme this February is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This year marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the United States (1863). 2013 also marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered at the March on Washington (1963). To honor Black History Month this year, we’ve come up with a list of must-reads for the month of February.

k9542Harlem Crossroads: Black Writers and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century
by Sara Blair
Read the Introduction

The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality
by Thomas Borstelmann
Read the Introduction

k9561Racial Justice in the Age of Obama
by Roy L. Brooks
Check out Chapter 1

Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey
by Mary L. Dudziak

Lincoln on Race and Slavery
Edited and introduced by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Coedited by Donald Yacovone

k9295The New Negro: Readings on Race, Representation, and African American Culture, 1892-1938
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Gene Andrew Jarrett
Read the Introduction

The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960
by Lawrence P. Jackson
Read the Introduction

k9190What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality
by Theda Skocpol, Ariane Liazos, & Marshall Ganz
Check out Chapter 1

Black Faces in the Mirror: African Americans and Their Representatives in the U.S. Congress
by Katherine Tate
Check out Chapter 1

Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South
by Andrew Zimmerman
Read the Introduction