History of Afrikan Peoples Reading List

Composed by Makheru Bradley and Ahmose Kheperakara 2016

For young children

My First Trip to Africa – Atlantis Tye Browder

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom –  Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom River – Doreen Rappaport & Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver – Aliki

I Am Rosa Parks – Rosa Parks

Lessons from History, Elementary Edition: A Celebration in Blackness –  Jawanza Kunjufu

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa – Jeanette Winter

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X – Ilyasah Shabazz


Afrikan family essentials

Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization – Anthony Browder

There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America – Vincent Harding

The African-American Odyssey – Hine, Hine, and Harrold


Continental Afrikan History from Antiquity Forward

Introduction to African Civilizations – John G. Jackson

Ages of Gold and Silver — John G. Jackson

Christianity Before Christ — John G. Jackson

Black Man of The Nile & His Family – Dr. Yosef ben Jochannon

Africa Mother Of Western Civilization – Dr. Yosef ben Jochannon

Destruction of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams

The Rebirth Of African Civilization – Chancellor Williams

The Teachings of Ptahhotep – Hilliard, Damali, & Williams

Stolen Legacy – George G.M. James

African People in World History – John Henrik Clarke

Afrikan Builders Of Civilization, A Pictorial History of Famous Personalities from Ancient Egypt – Ashra and Merira Kwesi

The World And Africa – W.E.B. Du Bois

Echoes Of The Old Darkland – Charles Finch

Egypt Revisited – Ivan Van Sertima

Egypt Child of Africa – Ivan Van Sertima

African Presence in Early Europe – Ivan Van Sertima

African Presence in Early Asia – Runoko Rashidi & Van Sertima

African Presence in Ancient America – Ivan Van Sertima

Black Women In Antiquity – Ivan Van Sertima

Blacks In Science – Ivan Van Sertima

Pillars In Ethiopian History – William Leo Hansberry

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire – Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Selections From The Husia – Maulana Karenga

Kemet And The African Worldview – Carruthers & Karenga

Reconstructing Kemetic Culture – Maulana Karenga

Man, God, Civilization – John G. Jackson

When We Ruled – Robin Walker

Ancient Egypt and Black Africa – Theophile Obenga

African Glory – J.C. deGraft Johnson

Precolonial Black Africa – Cheikh Anta Diop

The Door Of No Return – William St. Clair

Afrikan Time: Universe To 1896 –Kilimanjaro & Aaneb

Ghana The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah – Nkrumah

Class Struggle in Africa – Kwame Nkrumah

Patrice Lumumba – Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

May our People Triumph: Poem, Speeches & Interviews – Patrice Lumumba & Sankar Srinivasan

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa – Walter Rodney

Two Thousand Seasons: A Novel  – Ayi Kwei Armah

Cheikh Anta Diop And the New Light on African History –  John Henrik Clarke

Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State – Cheikh Anta Diop

Towards The African Renaissance – Cheikh Anta Diop

Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983–87  –   Thomas Sankara

Women’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle – Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara: An African Revolutionary – Ernest Harsch

I Write What I Like: Selected Writings – Steve Biko & Aelred Stubbs

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela –        Nelson Mandela

The Illegal War on Libya – Cynthia McKinney


The Afrikan Diaspora

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust – John Henrik Clarke

The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo – Tom Feelings w/John Henrik Clarke (Introduction)

Fifty Days on Board a Slave Vessel – Pascoe G. Hill

Fulcrums of Change: Origins of Racism in the Americas and Other Essays – Jan Carew

From Columbus To Castro – Eric Williams

White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812 -Winthrop D. Jordan

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

The Irritated Genie: An Essay on the Haitian Revolution – Jacob Carruthers

The Maroons of Jamaica, 1655-1796: A history of resistance, collaboration & betrayal -Mavis Christine Campbell

Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South  – Kenneth M. Stampp

David Walker’s Appeal – David Walker

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad – Ann Petry

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States – Martin R. Delany

The Origin of Races and Color – Martin R. Delany

His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad Paperback – John P. Parker &  Stuart Seely Sprague

American Negro Slave Revolts – Herbert Aptheker

The Second Crucifixion of Nat Turner – John Henrik Clarke

Criminalizing A Race: Free Blacks During Slavery – Charshee C. L. McIntyre

Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream – Lerone Bennett Jr.

Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America – Sterling Stuckey

Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora – Marimba Ani (Dona Richards)

The Forging of the American Empire – Sidney Lens

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 – W. E. B. Du Bois

Black Reconstruction in South Carolina – John G. Jackson

A Short History of Reconstruction – Eric Foner

Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington

We Have Taken A City: The Wilmington Racial Massacre and Coup of 1898  –  H. Leon Prather

Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey – Marcus Garvey & Amy Jacques Garvey

Marcus Garvey and The Vision of Africa – John Henrik Clarke

Marcus Garvey, Hero: A First Biography – Tony Martin

The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925 – Wilson Jeremiah Moses

From Superman to Man – J. A. Rogers

Black Wallstreet – Jay Jay Wilson & Ron Wallace

The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter G Woodson

Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept –    W. E. B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography 1868-1963 – David Levering Lewis

Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells – Ida B. Wells & Alfreda M. Duster

Mob Rule in New Orleans – Robert Charles and His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning – Human Beings Alive, Other Lynching Statistics  –  Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Here I Stand – Paul Robeson

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment – James H. Jones

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America – James Allen

Africans At The Crossroads: Notes For An African World Revolution – John Henrik Clarke

Who Betrayed the African World Revolution: And Other Speeches – John Henrik Clarke

Message to the Blackman in America – Elijah Muhammad

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – David Garrow

FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr: From “Solo” to Memphis – David J. Garrow

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King & James M. Washington

Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Stephen B. Oates

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley – Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements – Malcolm X & George Breitman

Malcolm X: The Man and His Times – John Henrik Clarke

Negroes with Guns – Robert F. Williams

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement – Akinyele Omowale Umoja

The Making of Black Revolutionaries: Illustrated Edition – James Forman

Black Awakening in Capitalist America: An Analytic History – Robert L. Allen

Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) – Stokely Carmichael  & Ekwueme Michael Thelwell

Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin –     H. Rap Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin)

We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi – Seth Cagin & Philip Dray

A People’s History of the United – Howard Zinn

Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America – Paula J. Giddings

Nutricide – Dr. Llaila O Afrika

Spiritual Warriors are Healers – Mfundishi Jhutyms

Afrikan People and European Holidays ‘A Mental Genocide’ – Ishakamusa Barashango

Black Inventors of America – McKinley Burt

Blacks and Science Volume Three: African American Contributions to Science and Technology Paperback – Robin Walker

Black Americans of Achievement Series (various authors on significant people & popular figures)

Introduction to Black Studies – Maulana Karenga

Egypt on the Potomac: A Guide to Decoding Egyptian Architecture and Symbolism in Washington, D.C. – Anthony T. Browder

The Jewish Onslaught: Despatches from the Wellesley Battlefront – Tony Martin

Ella Baker and The Black Freedom Movement – Barbara Ransby

Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays Paperback – Bobby E Wright

Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 1 – 3 – Jawanza Kunjufu

Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan – William L. Van Deburg

A Torchlight for America – Minister Louis Farrakhan

Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology, Speeches, Commentary, Photography, Poetry, Illustrations & Documents – Haki R Madhubuti & Maulana Karenga

The Million Man March Day of Absence: Mission Statement – Maulana Karenga

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture – Maulana Karenga

Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery – Na’im Akbar

The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization  –  Asa G. Hilliard III

SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind – Asa G. Hilliard III

African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Culture Wars – Asa G., III Hilliard

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry – Ned Sublette & Constance Sublette

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – Joy DeGruy

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A. Washington

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II – Douglas A. Blackmon

The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks – Randall Robinson

Black Labor, White Wealth : The Search for Power and Economic Justice –   Claud Anderson

PowerNomics : The National Plan to Empower Black America – Claud Anderson

Black Wealth / White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality – Melvin Oliver & Thomas M. Shapiro

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities – Craig Steven Wilder

Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party  –  Joshua Bloom

The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther – Jeffrey Haas

The Huey P. Newton Reader – Huey P. Newton, David Hilliard & Donald Weise

The Art of Leadership – Oba T’Shaka

Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project – by Robert P. Moses & Charles E. Cobb

Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics – Lester K. Spence

Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics – Lester K. Spence

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

Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males – Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti

War On The Horizon: Black Resistance To The White Sex Assault – Irritated Genie

Asafo: A Warriors Guide to Manhood – Mwalimu Baruti

Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence – Kevin Alexander Gray, JoAnn Wypijewski & Jeffrey St. Clair

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide – Carol Anderson

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Taking Bullets: Terrorism and Black Life in Twenty-first Century America Confronting White Nationalism, Supremacy, Privilege, Plutocracy and Oligarchy – Haki R. Madhubuti

Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration – Flores A. Forbes

The Island of Memes: Haiti’s Unfinished Revolution — Wade Nobles

Recapturing the African Mind– Bruce Bridges

Malcolm X on Afro-American History – Malcolm X
The African Personality in America: An African-Centered Framework — Kobi Kazembe Kalongi Kambon

Return to the African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality — Oba T’Shaka


Books by Dr. Amos N. Wilson

The Developmental Psychology of The Black Child

Black-On-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation In Service of White Domination

Understanding Black Adolescent Male Violence: Its Remediation and Prevention

The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy

Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children

Blueprint for Black Power : A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century

Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus the New World Order: Garveyism in the Age of Globalism

Afrikan Man


Advanced Studies

Yurugu:  An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior – Marimba Ani

The ISIS Papers : The Keys to the Colors – Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

African Origin of Biological Psychiatry – Richard King M.D.

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality – Cheikh Anta Diop

The Cultural Unity of Black Africa: The Domains of Matriarchy & of Patriarchy in Classical Antiquity –  Cheikh Anta Diop

Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology – Cheikh Anta Diop

Cold Wind From the North: The Pre-historic European Origin of Racism, Explained by Diop’s Two Cradle – Vulindlela I Wobogo

The Star Of Deep Beginnings – Dr. Charles Finch

African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period : 2780 – 330 BC – Theophile Obenga

Ancient Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of Ancient Egypt – Wayne B. Chandler

Maat: The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt – Maulana Karenga

Mdw Dtr: Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection of African Deep Thought from the Time of the Pharaohs to the Present – Jacob H. Carruthers

Intellectual Warfare – Jacob H. Carruthers

Black Skin, White Masks –  Frantz Fanon

Decolonising the African Mind –  Chinweizu

The Temple in Man – R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz 

Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man – Albert Churchward