Books on Black History, Racism and More

As James Baldwin wrote in his letter to his nephew in The Fire Next Time, white people “are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it.”

Below find a *few* of the resources we have available at the Richmond Library (with links to our online catalog). We also have DVDs, youth books, and plenty of additional titles. An internet search will yield many antiracist reading lists (check out this one from Read It Forward), and if you see something you are interested in but is not available at RFL, we can try to get it for you via Inter-Library Loan (titles must not be newer than 6 months).


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

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

Black Is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Autobiography of Malcolm X with the assistance of Alex Haley

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault


The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Novels by Toni Morrison

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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