Books of Knowledge

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome : America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing

By Dr. DeGruy
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society’s beliefs

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American Policing: A Culture of Violence in Minority Communities

American Policing: A Culture of Violence in Minority Communities

Former LAPD detective and leading national expert Timothy T. Williams, Jr. dives deep into police procedure,

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Racism And Distrust In The Country’s Medical System Among African Americans

Racism And Distrust In The Country’s Medical System Among African Americans

By Chris Jones

It’s no secret that the nation has seen a disproportionate loss of life among black Americans. That was the case in May 1968…

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Black Radical – The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

Black Radical – The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

By Kerri Greenidge
William Monroe Trotter (1872– 1934), though still virtually unknown to the wider public, was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator…

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“Black History Saved My Life: How My Viral Hate Crime Led to an Awakening”

“Black History Saved My Life: How My Viral Hate Crime Led to an Awakening” is the

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A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump

By DAVID PLOUFFE
A voter’s playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the country…

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This Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

Author Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonahtan Wilson-Hartgrove
At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument …

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“Seeds of Slavery” by Joseph F. Baiden Shares Chilling Tale of West African Slave Trade

“Seeds of Slavery” by Joseph F. Baiden Shares Chilling Tale of West African Slave Trade

By Joseph F. Baiden
A West African native has written a new book that details the early years of the slave trade in Gold Coast, Africa. The historical novel, which begins in the 1600s, is based on true events, lending to its authenticity.

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A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American

By DaMaris Hill
DaMaris Hill honors their experiences with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.

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Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

By Eric K. Washington
A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads.

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She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

By Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Filled with rare outtakes of commentary, an expansive timeline of Tubman’s life, photos (both new and those in public domain), commissioned illustrations, and sections including “Harriet By the Numbers”

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Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home

By Richard Bell
Impeccably researched and breathlessly paced, Stolentells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.

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Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

By Karine Jean-Pierre
An inspiring political memoir from Karine Jean-Pierre, Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn, chronicling her path from New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama White House.

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‘The Christians’ Features a 1960s Louisiana Love Story

‘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

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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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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“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”

“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

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

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’

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… " />

‘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 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… " />

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

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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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 " />

“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
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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

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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‘Coming of Age in Mississippi’ Still Speaks to Nation’s Racial Discord, 50 Years Later

‘Coming of Age in Mississippi’ Still Speaks to Nation’s Racial Discord, 50 Years Later

By Anne Moody
A rare exception is Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” which was published in 1968. It spoke to the day’s pressing issues – poverty, race and civil rights – with an urgent timeliness. Instead, 50 years later, the book still commands a wide readership.

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Carol Anderson
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling–and timely–history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin. " />

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

By Carol Anderson
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling–and timely–history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.

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Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

By Patrick Phillips
Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children.

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New Book Celebrates the Power of Black Fatherhood & Challenges Contemporary Myths About Black Fathers

New Book Celebrates the Power of Black Fatherhood & Challenges Contemporary Myths About Black Fathers

By David Miller
Miller, a husband, father of three, writer, and social entrepreneur, has released  Lessons We Learned from Our Fathers: Reflections from the Men In Our Lives.

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Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream

By Ibtihaj Muhammad
Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.

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Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights (Perspectives on a Multiracial America)

Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights (Perspectives on a Multiracial America)

By Jessie Daniels 
In this exploration of the way racism is translated from the print-only era to the cyber era the author takes the reader through a devastatingly informative tour of white supremacy online. The book examines how white supremacist organizations have translated their printed publications onto the Internet.

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A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America’s Schools

By Rachel Devlin
“Before reading  A Girl Stands at the Door I would have imagined that nothing new could be said about the struggle to desegregate schools—and I would have been wrong. Rachel Devlin has uncovered a neglected history of how parents and, importantly, children braved rejection, hostility, even assault to insist on their right to a decent education.

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What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

By Michael Eric Dyson
The fraught conflict between conscience and politics – between morality and power – in addressing race hardly began with Clinton. An electrifying and traumatic encounter in the sixties crystallized these furious disputes.

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Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores

By Dominique DuBois Gilliard
The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the church has unwittingly contributed to the problem.

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The Embattled Vote in America – From the Founding to the Present

The Embattled Vote in America – From the Founding to the Present

Allan J. Lichtman
An alarming, important, perhaps even essential book. A noted authority on the history of American voting returns with a disturbing account of American political leaders who have, since the beginning of the republic, worked to limit the franchise.

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“The Sun Does Shine: How I found life and freedom on death row”

By Anthony Ray Hinton
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence

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“Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race”

“Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race”

By Derald Wing Sue
If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that “colorblindness” is the preferred approach, you must read this book. “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence” debunks the most pervasive myths…

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

By Jeff Hobbs
This moving biography recounts the life of Robert Peace, a young man who escaped the streets of Newark, New Jersey, to attend Yale University — only to lose his life after graduating.

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Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

By Monique Morris
Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories.

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Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It

By Dr. Dambisa Moyo
In  Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo shows why economic growth is essential to global stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today.

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

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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