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20 More Great Reads for Black History Month

Death of a king: the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz






Children of fire: a history of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt





Say it loud: great speeches on civil rights and African American identity by edited by Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith


Stokely: a life by Peniel E. Joseph





Across that bridge: life lessons and a vision for change by John Lewis ; with Brenda Jones





Freedom national: the destruction of slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 by James Oakes





The empire of necessity: slavery, freedom, and deception in the New World by Greg Grandin





Belle: the slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne





Black profiles in courage: a legacy of African American achievement by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Alan Steinberg ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr



Respect: the life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz





Africans in America: America's journey through slavery by Charles Johnson, Patricia Smith, WGBH Series Research Team



Becoming Belafonte: black artist, public radical by Judith E. Smith





1954: the year Willie Mays and the first generation of black superstars changed major league baseball forever by Bill Madden



It is well with my soul: the extraordinary life of a 106 -year-old woman by Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson with Patricia Mulcahy



Prince among slaves by Terry Alford





Rickey & Robinson: the true, untold story of the integration of baseball by Roger Kahn





Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Foner, Eric





America's great debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the compromise that preserved the Union by Fergus M. Bordewich


Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: the wild saga of interracial baseball before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay