Recommended Reading

Middle School

  • Danny Glover: Black American of Achievement
  • Lessons from History: A Celebration in Blackness by Jawanza Kunjufu
  • Madame C. J. Walker: Entrepreneur: Black Americans of Achievement
  • Malcolm X.: A Fire Burning Bright
  • The Skin I’m In, by Sharon Flake
  • New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens
  • Harriet Tubman: Moses of the Underground Railroad, by Anne E. Shaff
  • A Wreath for Emmitt Till, by Marilyn Nelson
  • Freedom Walkers: The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Russell Freedman Twelve Rounds to Glory,
  • by Charles R. Smith


High School

  • Black Boy, by Richard Wright
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • Makes Me Wanna Holler, by Nathan McCall (Great for young men’s book club or rites of passage)
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelo
  • PUSH, by Sapphire (Early Reading Level)
  • The Coldest Winter Ever, by Sister Souljah

 

More…

  • Delpit, Lisa. Other People’s Children:  Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. 1996.
  • Delpit, Lisa and Theresa Perry. The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language and the Education of African American Children. Beacon Press, 1998.
  • Freire , Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Continuum Publishing, 1999.
  • Hale, Janice E. Black Children: Their Roots, Culture and Learning Style. Brigham Young University Press, 1982.
  • Hilliard, Asa, Theresa Perry and Claude Steele. Young, Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students. Beacon Press, 2003.
  • Hooks, Bell. Teaching to Transgress. Routledge, 1994.
  • Howard, Gary R. We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multi Racial Schools. Teachers College, 2006.
  • Kunjufu, Jawanza.  Black Students.  Middle Class Teachers. 2002.
  • Kunjufu, Jawanza. Solutions for Black America. 2004.
  • Ladson-Billings, Gloria. The Dream Keepers: Successful Teachers of African American Teachers. Jossey-Bass 1994
  • Leary, Joy.  Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. 2005.
  • Wilson, Amos N. Understanding Black Adolescent Male Violence: Its Remediation and Prevention, Afrikan World InfoSystems, 1991
  • Woodson, Carter G. The Mis-Education of the Negro. 1933.
  • Zinn, Howard.  The People’s History of America. Harper Collins, 2003.
  • Teel, Karen. Building Racial and Cultural Competence in the Classroom. Teachers College Press, 2008
  •  Dark, by Kenji Jasper
  • Slam, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Rose That Grew In Concrete, by Tupac Shakur
  • Assata, by Assata Shakur
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley
  • The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • Stolen Legacy, by George Jackson
  • A Taste of Power, by Elaine Brown
  • Manchild in the Promised Land, by Claude Brown
  • Before The Mayflower: A History of Black America, by Lerone Bennett Jr.