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Black Is... 1996: History 
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DOUBLE V: THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. Lawrence P. Scott and William M. Womack.
A celebrated flying unit battles segregation during World War II.

A FIRE IN THE BONES: REFLECTIONS ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY. Albert J. Raboteau.
How the faith of a people adapted to a new culture without losing its roots.

GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI: THE MURDER OF MEDGAR EVERS, THE TRIALS OF BYRON DE LA BECKWITH AND THE HAUNTING OF THE NEW SOUTH. Maryanne Vollers.

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE: HUB OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE, 1920-1930. Steven Watson.
Richly illustrated.

I SHARED THE DREAM: THE PRIDE, PASSION AND POLITICS OF THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN SENATOR FROM KENTUCKY. Georgia Davis Powers.
The only black woman to sit in the Kentucky State Senate. Also a companion of Martin Luther King.

LINCOLN'S UNKNOWN PRIVATE LIFE: AN ORAL HISTORY BY HIS BLACK HOUSEKEEPER MARIAH VANCE 1850-1860. Edited by Lloyd Ostendorf and Walter Oleksy.

LONG TIME COMING: AN INSIDER'S STORY OF THE BIRMINGHAM CHURCH BOMBING THAT ROCKED THE WORLD. Elizabeth H. Cobbs and Petric J. Smith.
Told by the perpetrator's niece who sealed his conviction.

THE MARTINSVILLE SEVEN: RACE, RAPE, AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Eric W. Rise.
Hostility, prejudice, and a flawed judicial system condemned seven men to death.

THE MEMPHIS DIARY OF IDA B. WELLS. Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis.
The youthful frustrations and aspirations of this powerful crusader against lynching.

SOL WHITE'S HISTORY OF COLORED BASEBALL: WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS ON THE EARLY BLACK GAME 1886-1936. Compiled by Jerry Malloy.
Firsthand account by a player and manager in the Negro Leagues.

SPEAK NOW AGAINST THE DAY: THE GENERATION BEFORE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE SOUTH. John Egerton.
Forerunners in the battle against segregation.

TARA REVISTED: WOMEN, WAR, AND THE PLANTATION LEGEND. Catherine Clinton.
Black and white women face the Civil War.

WOMAN OF COLOR, DAUGHTER OF PRIVILEGE: AMANDA AMERICA DICKSON, 1849-1893. Kent Anderson Leslie.
The life of a mulatto ex-slave who died the richest African American in the South.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Alan Babner, Fields Corner Branch; Elisa Birdsseye-Clark, General Library Reader and Information Services; Sara F. Ennis, Brighton/Faneuil Branch Libraries; Jacquelyn Hogan, Egleston Square/Grove Hall Branch Libraries; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Karen L. Williams, Connolly Branch; Sara Markell, Chairperson, Codman Square Branch.