The books below are all significant, but very varied in approach and date. From C.L.R James’ brilliant 1938 book ‘the Black Jacobins’, to the 2019 gal-dem publication ‘I shall not be erased’.
Each book should be read with an understanding of the author, intended audience and the context it is situated in. Try to read a little about the book before you dive in. Because they vary so much in style and approach you may not like or regard them all, but each is significant and worth reading with an open mind.
If you want an accessible place to start, try Ijeoma Oluo’s book ‘so you want to talk about race’ or some of the more recent texts like Akala’s ‘Natives’.
If you want to deepen your understanding move on to the recent classics on to the work of bell hooks, Angela Davis, Stuart Hall, Walter Rodney or Peter Fryer.
After this, try out a more theoretical text like Kenhinde Andrew’s ‘Back to Black’ or Charles Mill’s ‘the Racial Contract’.
Committed readers should revisit the original work of Malcolm X. Marcus Garvey or explore the lesser known work of Dr. Martin Luther King in the book ‘Radical King’
Books such as C.L.R James”the Black Jacobins’ or Chancellor Williams ‘Destruction of Black Civilizaion are fantastic books for those who are committed to understanding, but they are not really entry level texts.
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