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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