True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

Shelf RenewalAs you’re restocking your African-American History Month displays, don’t forget to feature your nonfiction collection. Here are some compelling stories that deserve a second look.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth,  by Richard Wright

Bone Black: Memories of a Girlhood, by bell hooks

The Color of Water, by James McBride

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, by by Sarah L. Delany

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsIn Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past,  by Henry Louis Gates

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs

King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., by Wil Haygood

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland

The Measure of a Man, by Sidney Poitier

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Souls of Black FolksThe Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore

Soul on Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver

The Souls of Black Folks: Essays and Sketches, by W.E.B Dubois

Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup

The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson





About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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