“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

Harriet Tubman

There are several ideas on empowering underserved communities that have gained historical consensus:

•  To empower Black communities, we must educate them;

•  To effectively educate our communities we must teach them history.

Books of Knowledge

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‘The Christians’ Features a 1960s Louisiana Love Story

By B.J.T Ledet
The Christians, book one, follows the life and love of Mary Jean Woods, a young, Christian woman in 1960 South Louisiana as she maneuvers through self-discovery, unrighteousness…

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In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History

By Mitch Landrieu
The New Orleans mayor who removed the Confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white America to reckon with its past.

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“The Black Man In the CIA” by LEUTRELL “Mike” OSBORNE, Sr.

By LEUTRELL “Mike” OSBORNE, Sr.
A young man grows up in Washington D.C. seeking adventure and burning with desire to achieve great things. He finds the keys to making his dreams come true are with the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
“Race for Profit” uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining’s end…

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“Tough Love – My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For”

By Susan E. Rice
Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor.

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Native Son Returns Home to Premier Book Dr. Ron Daniels Launches First Book

By Dr. Ron Daniels
Dr. Ron Daniels, veteran social and political activist and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, announced the launch of his first book…

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“Child of the Dream — a Memoir of 1963” by Daughter of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson
“Sharon, I cannot promise you that the passage of any law will eliminate hate. But the laws will give Negroes full citizenship and bring us closer to equality.” Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson…

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“How to Be an Antiracist” Understanding Racism and Inequality in Our Society

By Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step…

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Historian Anne C. Bailey Discusses Slave Auctions and Her Involvement in NY Times’ 1619 Project

An auction took place on March 2 and 3, 1859, at the Ten Broeck Racetrack, where slaves were housed in the stables. The auction resulted in the sale of 436 slaves for more than $300,000…

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Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

By Janet Dewart Bell
In Lighting the Fires of Freedom Janet Dewart Bell shines a light on women’s all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Through wide-ranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories…

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New Educational Model: ‘Why Sammy Still Can’t Read: A Service Delivery Model for Creating a Culture of Reading’

By Leroy McClure to his brother, Sam
Reading is a fundamental element of learning, but not everybody has that skill. Two authors with experience in education want to change that and have released a new book to help make that happen. The book was inspired by personal experience.

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‘Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army during World War II’

By Sandra M. Bolzenius
An enlightening read, Glory in Their Spirit examines a little-known history of the war. The Fort Devens strike serves as a reminder…

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The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story

The host of AM Joy on MSNBC argues that President Trump’s administration is characterized by grift and venality that demeans the office and diminishes America.

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Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

By Rucker C. Johnson
School integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful —  we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all…

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Loving You, Thinking of You, Don’t Forget to Pray: Letters to My Son in Prison

By Jacqueline Jackson
Jacqueline Jackson promised her son, Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., that she would write him every day during his incarceration…

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Uplifting, Inspiring Memoir of Nigeria’s Youngest Female Presidential Candidate

By Eunice Atuejide
Eunice Atuejide’s ‘The Girl Who Said ‘I Can!’’ is a profound story and fierce beacon of hope, retelling the life story of a woman who rose from the depths of poverty…

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Life-Long Educator Authors Book on Leadership

By Dr. Jennifer Wimbish
First African American president of Cedar Valley College (CVC), of the Dallas County Community College District, in her recently released book “Leadership Wisdom For All Generations”…

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“On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope”

By DeRay McKesson
From the internationally recognized civil rights activist/organizer and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom

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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

From one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.
By Kamala Harris

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Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing

By William Barber II, Liz Theoharis, Richard H. Lowery
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has been called “the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst” (Cornel West) and “one of the most gifted organizers and orators in the country today”.

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“The Other America: Poverty In the United States”

By Michael Harrington
“The poor are not like everyone else. They are a different kind of people. They think and feel differently; they look upon a different American than the middle class looks upon. They, and not the quietly desperate clerk or the harried executive, are the main victims of this society’s tension and conflict.”

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