“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

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

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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The Weeping Time: Story of a Slave Auction

Author Anne C. Bailey
In March of 1859, the largest sale of human beings in the history in the United States took place at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. During the two days of the sale, raindrops fell unceasingly on the racetrack. It was almost as though the heavens were crying.

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Download GDN Books of Knowledge Spotlight for October 2017

GDN has created one of the most empowering education initiatives detailing the 400-year Black experience in America. ‘GDN’s Books of Knowledge’ is a weekly go-to source where you can view videos and read reviews …

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We Were Eight Years in Power

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
In his book Ta-Nehisi Coates examines the cause and effect between the unprecedented election of Barack Obama as the first Black president, to the vicious backlash that fueled the election of Donald Trump, a man Coates calls America’s “first white president.”

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White Rage

Author Carol Anderson
From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

Author Isabel Wilkerson
In many ways The Warmth of Other Suns seeks to tell a new story—about the Great Migration of southern blacks to the north—and to set the record straight about the true significance of that migration. This book combines a sweeping historical perspective with vivid intimate portraits.

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Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Arthur James W. Loewen
In this groundbreaking work, bestselling sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the national bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America.

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The Blood of Emmett Till

Author Timothy B. Tyson
In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Author Richard Rothstein
The laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. There is no better history of this troubled journey than “The Color of Law.”

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