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It’s the final day of Black History Month! Continue the celebration by adding one of these non-fiction titles to your to-be-read list.
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From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of Black wealth in America.
The untold story of the Harvard class of ’63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action.
Bettye Kearse — a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison — shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth.
Tells the story of The Compton Cowboys‑a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of Black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities.
Describes the group of African-Americans that joined the Roosevelt administration during the Great Depression, forming the Black Cabinet, who worked to devise and recommend solutions to the exclusion and racism they faced as part of the New Deal.
The moving true story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who form the first all-Black high school rowing team in the nation, and in doing so not only transform a sport, but their lives.
An acclaimed cultural critic presents the story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration, and the displacement of Black people across America.
Examines the struggle of African-American women to achieve equality and political power by examining the lives and work of Black women, including Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Fannie Lou Hamer.
A prize-winning historian tells the story of the Wall Street network judges, lawyers, police officers and bankers who helped keep the illegal slave trade alive in antebellum New York City and the Black journalist who worked to expose them.
A history of Floyd McKissick’s 1969 plan to build a Black city in North Carolina, examining the story of the idealists who settled there, the obstacles that derailed the project, and what Soul City’s saga says about Black opportunity, capitalism, and power then and now.