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The Groundings with My Brothers

by Walter Rodney
In this classic work published in the heady days of anti-colonial revolution, Groundings with My Brothers follows the global circulation of emancipatory ideas, from the black students of North America to the Rasta counterculture of Jamaica and beyond. The book is striking in its simultaneous ability to survey the wide and heterogeneous international context while remaining anchored in grassroots politics, as Rodney offers us first-hand accounts of mass movement organizing. Having inspired a generation of revolutionaries, this new edition will re-introduce the book to a new political landscape that it helped shape, with reflections from leading scholar-activists.
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The New Man: Twenty-nine Years a Slave, Twenty-nine Years a Free Man

by Henry Clay Bruce (1836-1902)

Henry Clay (H.C.) Bruce was born in 1836 on a tobacco plantation in Prince Edward County, Virginia, owned by Lemuel Bruce. Actual birthdates of enslaved people were rarely recorded. But his mother knew his birth year because it was the same year as a national event—the election of Martin Van Buren as President of the United States. Over the 29 years of his enslavement, Bruce and his family were sold to Missouri and their labor and bodies rented out before gaining freedom following the Civil War. A brother, Blanche K. Bruce (who was produced after the rape of their mother by the plantation owner), became the first Black United States Senator, representing Mississippi from 1875-1881. Before the Senate, Blanche K. Bruce, was the Register of the United States Treasury and got H.C. a job in the Post Office Department at a salary of $720 a year. He chronicles his life in and out of bondage in Twenty-Nine Years a Slave, Twenty-Nine Years a Free Man, which was published in 1895.
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The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide

The New York Public Library Digital Collection
The Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guidebook for African American road trippers. It was originated and published by African American New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against African Americans especially and other non-whites was widespread.
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The Souls of
Black Folk

by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)

The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches is a 1903 work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology and a cornerstone of African-American literature.The book contains several essays on race, some of which had been published earlier in The Atlantic Monthly. To develop this work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African American in American society. Outside of its notable relevance in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the early works in the field of sociology.  -- Wiki
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Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs

by James P. Allen

Middle Egyptian introduces the reader to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts. It contains twenty-six lessons, exercises (with answers), a list of hieroglyphic signs, and a dictionary. It also includes a series of twenty-six essays on the most important aspects of ancient Egyptian history, society, religion, literature, and language.
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The Mis-Education of the Negro

by Carter G. Woodson (1933)

The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that Black people of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claims, causes black people to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to become autodidacts and to "do for themselves", regardless of what they were taught. -- Wiki
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Blood in My Eye

by George L. Jackson (1972)

Blood In My Eye was completed only days before its author was killed. George Jackson died on August 21, 1971, at the hands of San Quentin prison guards during an alleged escape attempt. At eighteen, George Jackson was convicted of stealing seventy dollars from a gas station and was sentenced from one year to life. He was to spent the rest of his life -- eleven years-- in the California prison system, seven in solitary confinement. In prison he read widely and transformed himself into an activist and political theoretician who defined himself as a revolutionary. -- Good Reads
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To Praise Our Bridges

by Fanny Lou Hamer (1967)

An autobiography of Mrs. Fanny Lou Hamer, Civil Rights activist from Mississippi, that was recorded on tape and edited by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) members Julius Lester and Mary Varela.

This book describes life as a sharecropper in the Deep South during the Jim Crow Era and includes black and white photographs. It is a contemporaneous account of Mrs. Hamer's Civil Rights activism. -- Good Reads
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Black World: "Africa Notebook: Views on Returning Home"

by Charlie Cobb (1972)

Africa Notebook: Views on Returning ‘Home’ by Charlie Cobb, Black World, May 1972, pp. 22-37… Featured reading from Episode 73 of In Class with Carr with Professor Karen Hunter and Dr. Greg Carr.
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Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

by Malcolm X (1965)

Malcolm X Speaks, are the major speeches made by Malcolm X during the last tumultuous eight months of his life. In this short period of time, his vision for abolishing racial inequality in the United States underwent a vast transformation. Breaking from the Black Muslims, he moved away from the black militarism prevalent in his earlier years only to be shot down by an assassin's bullet. -- Good Reads
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