The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

QBR: The Quarterly Black Book Review, conducted a survey in 1999 to find out which books have done the best job of presenting to the world the issues and philosophies most critical for African-Americans — the essential Black books. The result was Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books, a list of 1oo collection of poetry, short fiction, novels, drama, autobiography, and history.

A Black Theology of Liberation (Ethics and Society) by James H. Cone

A Hard Road To Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete: Vol 3 1946-Present by Arthur Ashe

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

AFRICA MUST UNITE by Kwame Nkrumah

Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks

Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America; Sixth Revised Edition by Lerone Bennett

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Black Betty by Walter Mosley

Black Bourgeoisie: The Book That Brought the Shock of Self-Revelation to Middle-Class Blacks in America by E. Franklin Frazier

Black Boy by Richard Wright

Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace

Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City by St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton

Black Power : The Politics of Liberation by Kwame Ture

Black Reconstruction In America, 1860–1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Blacker The Berry. . . by Wallace Thurman

Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Amiri Baraka

Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America — An Anthology by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen

Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman

Cane by Jean Toomer

Clotel: Or, The President’s Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States by William Wells Brown

Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans by James M. Washington

Daughters of Africa by Margaret Busby

David Walker’s Appeal by David Walker

Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams

Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson

Faith And The Good Thing by Charles Johnson

Fences (1950s Century Cycle) by August Wilson

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

God’s Bits of Wood by Sembene Ousmane

Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children by Marian Wright Edelman

I Have A Dream/ Also Letter From Birmingham Jail (Tale Blazers) by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Jubilee by Margaret Walker

Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe

Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

My Soul is a Witness: African-American Women’s Spirituality by Gloria Wade-Gayles

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave Written By Himself by Frederick Douglass

Native Son by Richard Wright

Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979–1989 by Stanley Crouch

Our Nig: Or, Sketches From the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson

Praisesong For The Widow by Paule Marshall

Race Matters by Cornel West

Roots by Alex Haley

Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton by Bobby Seale

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver

Spirits of the Passage by Cornel West

Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James

Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women by Iyanla Vanzant

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (As told to Alex Haley) by Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James

The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel by David Bradley

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Conjure Stories (Norton Critical Editions) by Charles W. Chesnutt

The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership (New York Review Books Classics) by Harold Cruse

The Famished Road by Ben Okri

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Hero And the Blues by Albert Murray

The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano: Written By Himself (Bedford Series In History & Culture) by Olaudah Equiano

The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902–1941: I, Too, Sing America by Arnold Rampersad

The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1914–1967, I Dream a World by Arnold Rampersad

The Lyrics Of Lowly Life by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams

The New Negro : Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke

The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans: Or, Africa for the Africans by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (African American Life Series) by Sam Greenlee

The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry

The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith by Samuel D. Proctor

The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868–1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis

Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan

We a BaddDDD People. by Sonia Sanchez

Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine: A Novel by Bebe Moore Campbell


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