“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

Educate, Organize, Mobilize

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

By Shomari Wills 
By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.

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Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism

By Will Willimon
By hearing black pain, naming white complicity, critiquing American exceptionalism/civil religion, inviting/challenging the church, and attending to African American pastors, this book helps pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches

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So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo
In “So You Want to Talk About Race”, editor at large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word.

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‘Post-Racial or Most-Racial?’ Racial Attitudes and Their Effects on Modern American Politics

By Michael Tesler
Michael Tesler shows how, in the years that followed the 2008 election—a presidential election more polarized by racial attitudes than any other in modern times—racial considerations have come increasingly to influence many aspects of political decision making.

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The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege

By Ken Wytsma
Yet if one were to ask a majority of white Americans, especially within the Church, about white privilege, most will get defensive and unwilling to even confront the reality of the issue.

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New Bestseller, “Mind Set Go,” Reveals the Simple Principles to Living a Renewed Life

Author, Business Coach, and Motivational Speaker, Derrick D. Reed has now released his new book titled Mind Set Go. In this

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‘Race to Judgment’ Dedicated to Memory of Brooklyn’s First Black District Attorney

By Frederic Block – Block’s book draws from his more than two decades on the federal bench and tackles such cases as the 1991 Crown Heights riot.

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“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir”

By Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele’s
A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America―and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing – An Intimate Portrait of a Family and an Epic Tale of Hope

Jesmyn Ward – Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power of family bonds.

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The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press

By Professor Gerald Horne – For nearly fifty years, the Chicago-based Associated Negro Press (ANP) fought racism at home and grew into an international news organization abroad. At its head stood founder Claude Barnett …

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John Hope Bryant – The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation

By John Hope Bryant – Rising up from economically disadvantaged circumstances, Bryant teaches readers five rules that lay the foundation for achieving financial freedom.

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The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s

By Kenneth Janken – In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes.

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“Remembering the Power of Words” The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader

By Avel Louise Gordly – “Words have power” is a constant undercurrent in Gordly’s account and a truth she learned early in life. “Growing up, finding my own voice,” she writes, “was tied up with denying my voice or having it forcefully rejected and in all of that the memory of my father is very strong.

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“Stokley, A Life” – Stokely Carmichael, Controversial Black Activist Called For “Black Power”

By Dr. Peniel Joseph – Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966.

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“Obama: An Intimate Portrait” The Historic Presidency in Photographs

By Pete Souza

One of the early hot books of the holiday shopping seasons appears to be Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza, the White House photographer during Obama’s two terms. The $50 hardcover, published by Little, Brown

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The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Linda Gordon

By legitimizing bigotry and redefining so-called American values, a revived Klan in the 1920s left a toxic legacy that demands reexamination today. A new Ku Klux Klan arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the relatively small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s.

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Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, This Guide Is a Helpful Start

By Leila Janah
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money—mostly to governments—targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty.

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race

Beverly Daniel Tatum
Beverly Daniel Tatum’s 1997 book on race relations — Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? — has become a modern classic in college and high school classrooms, used to educate and prompt healthy discussions among young people about race.

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Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Author Van Jones
Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines.

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The Hidden Rules of Race

Authors Andra Flynn, Dorian Warren, Felicia Wong & Susan Holmberg
The Hidden Rules of Race shows how the fight for racial equity has been one of progress and retrenchment, a constant push and pull for inclusion over exclusion. By understanding how our economic and racial rules work together, we can write better rules to finally address inequality in America.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Author: Tony Horwitz
Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid …

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