Lists and Suggestions for Teens
List: Black Voices & Black Stories - YA Nonfiction
Somebody Give This Heart a Pen
Thakur, Sophia, author.
"In her publishing debut, internationally acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur takes you o... More
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
Reynolds, Jason, author.
"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, ... More
Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
Houtman, Jacqueline, author.
Bayard Rustin believed that every human being deserves respect and dignity. As a child he was taugh... More
March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine
Beals, Melba, author.
A member of the Little Rock Nine shares her memories of growing up in the South under Jim Crow. ... More
Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-
In a swinging improvisation with poster artist Paul Rogers, Wynton Marsalis celebrates the spirit of... More
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
This biography examines Parks's life and 60 years of activism and brings the multifaceted, deca... More
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy se... More
Say Her Name
Elliott, Zetta, author.
"Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poe... More
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Lowery, Lynda Blackmon, 1950- author.
A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma ... More
From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward ne... More
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-
Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike,... More
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers
Stone, Tanya Lee.
Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, A... More
Walls, Jasmine, author.
"Sometimes the times were dark and the outlook was lonesome, but where there is a will, there i... More
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II
An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals ... More
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.
"A memoir from Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which he details the challenges on the streets and within ... More
Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights
Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947- author.
"Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in th... More
March. Book One
Lewis, John, 1940-2020.
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights... More
Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World
Lowinger, Kathy, author.
The story of the "Jubilee Singers, [who] traveled from Cincinnati to New York, following the p... More
Untold Glory: African Americans in Pursuit of Freedom, Opportunity, and Achievement
Govenar, Alan B., 1952-
This collection chronicles the search for freedom and opportunity and the achievement of success in ... More
1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever
Describes the 1954 World Series, when two black players went with their division-winning teams, the... More
Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful ... More
Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till
Wright, Simeon, 1942-2017.
Documents the 1955 kidnapping and murder of teenage Emmett Till as remembered by his cousin, sharin... More
The Handy African American History Answer Book
Smith, Jessie Carney, 1930-
"Walking readers through a rich but often overlooked part of American history, this compendium... More
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary: A Biography
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.
Few men in American history are as controversial as Malcolm X. In this provocative biography, Myers... More