Black Classic Reading List

© Copyright 2013 CorbisCorporationANGELOU, MAYA
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 

ARMSTRONG, WILLIAM H
Sounder

 

BALDWIN, JAMES
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Another Country
Going to Meet the Man

 

BAMBARA, TONI CADE
Gorilla, My Love

 

BARAKA, AMIRI (LEROI JONES)
The Amiri Baraka Reader

 

BROOKS, GWENDOLYN
Blacks

 

BUTLER, OCTAVIA
Kindred
Fledgling

 

CHILDRESS, ALICE
Trouble in Mind

 

COOPER, ANNA JULIA
A Voice from the South

 

CRUSE, HAROLD
The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual

 

CULLEN, COUNTEE
On These I Stand

 

DELANY, MARTIN R.
Blake; Or the Huts of America

 

DOUGLASS, FREDERICK
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)
The Heroic Slave

 

DOVE, RITA
Thomas and Beulah

 

DU BOIS, W.E.B.
The Souls of Black Folk

 

DUMAS, HENRY
Play Ebony, Play Ivory

 

ELLISON, RALPH
Invisible Man

 

EQUIANO, OLAUDAH
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa

 

EVANS, MARI
I Am the Black Woman

 

FULLER, CHARLES
A Soldier’s Play

 

GAINES, ERNEST J.
Lesson Before Dying
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
A Gathering of Old Men

 

GARVEY, MARCUS
Message to the People

 

GRIMKE, CHARLOTTE FORTEN
The Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke

 

HALEY, ALEX
Roots

 

HANSBERRY, LORRAINE
A Raisin in the Sun

 

HARPER, FRANCES E. W.
Complete Poems

 

HARPER, MICHAEL
Images of Kin: New and Selected Poems

 

HIMES, CHESTER
If He Hollers Let Him Go

 

HUGHES, LANGSTON
Mulatto
The Big Sea , selected poems
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
Nation 23 (June 1926): 69294
The Best of Simple

 

HULL, GLORIA T., PATRICIA BELL SCOTT, AND BARBARA SMITH, eds.
But Some of Us Are Brave

 

HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
Mules and Men
Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

JACOBS, HARRIET
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

 

JOHNSON, JAMES WELDON
The Autobiography of an ExColored Man
God’s Trombones

 

KENNEDY, ADRIENNE
Funnyhouse of a Negro

 

LARSEN, NELLA
Quicksand
Passing

 

LORDE, AUDRE
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

 

MCKAY, CLAUDE
Home to Harlem

 

MORRISON, TONI
Beloved
Sula
Song of Solomon

 

MOSLEY, WALTER
47
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
The Man In My Basement

 

NAYLOR, GLORIA
The Women of Brewster Place

 

PETRY, ANN
The Street

 

REED, ISHMAEL
Mumbo Jumbo
New and Collected Poems 19642006

 

SANCHEZ, SONIA
I’ve Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems

 

SCHUYLER, GEORGE S.
Black Empire

 

SHANGE, NTOZAKE
for colored girls who have considered suicide /when the rainbow is enuf

 

TOOMER, JEAN
Cane

 

WALKER, ALICE
The Color Purple

 

WALKER, DAVID
David Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles

 

WALKER, MARGARET
For My People
Jubilee

 

WASHINGTON, BOOKER T.
Up from Slavery

 

WHEATLEY, PHYLLIS
Selected poems
Complete Works

 

WIDEMAN, JOHN EDGAR
Brothers and Keepers

 

WILLIAMS, CHANCELLOR
The Destruction of Black Civilization

 

WILLIAMS, JOHN A.
The Man Who Cried I Am

 

WILSON, AUGUST
Fences
The Piano Lesson

 

WRIGHT, RICHARD
Native Son
Black Boy

 

X, MALCOLM & ALEX HALEY
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

 

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