Books for Black History Month

By Luis Diaz | February 1 2022 | General

Join Penguin Random House in celebrating the contributions of Black Authors, Creators and Educators all year long.  In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting stories about the history of Black America, being Black today, and essential novels by Black writers.

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African American History

African American Studies

African American Fiction

African American Non-Fiction 

African American Poetry



Join us as we #AmplifyBlackStories all year long! Celebrate Black authors, leaders, creators, and more who have forged a path for themselves and others. Share the Black stories you love and discover books that can transform your world.


Crossing the Danger Water
Three Hundred Years of African-American Writing
This comprehensive anthology of African American writing has become a campus classic. Arranged chronologically, it contains poetry, prose, speeches, songs, documents, and letters from the pre-Colonial era through the Clarence Thomas hearings, rap music, and the L.A. riots. The selections offer a wide variety of voices and themes, and can be tailored to meet the reading requirements of almost any African American literature, history, or survey course. Introductory and prefatory notes by the editor put each selection into its historical and literary context, and a selected bibliography provides students with sources for further study.
$24.00 US
Sep 01, 1993
800 Pages

The Black Church
This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song
From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.
$20.00 US
Jan 18, 2022
304 Pages
Penguin Books

The 1619 Project
A New Origin Story
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$38.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
624 Pages
One World

A More Beautiful and Terrible History
The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
Praised by The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Bitch Magazine; Slate;Publishers Weekly; and more, this is "a bracing corrective to a national mythology" (New York Times) around the civil rights movement.
$18.00 US
Feb 12, 2019
280 Pages
Beacon Press

Invented Lives
Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960
A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.
$25.00 US
Aug 01, 1988
480 Pages

Four Hundred Souls
A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers, edited by the bestselling, National Book Award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain.
$20.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
528 Pages
One World

A Black Women's History of the United States
A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country
$17.00 US
Mar 16, 2021
296 Pages
Beacon Press

Autobiography of a People
Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It
Celebrating the spirituality, courage, and intellectual achievements of African Americans, Autobiography of a People is the first anthology to effectively trace the history of the African American experience—from the Middle Passage to Emancipation, from the Civil War to Vietnam, from the Little Rock Nine to the Million Man March—by telling the story in the words of the men and women who lived it.
$26.00 US
Dec 26, 2000
576 Pages

Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition
A new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center, that makes the case for focusing on the histories of Black people as agents and architects of their own lives and ultimate liberation, with a foreword by Kevin Young
$22.00 US
Feb 16, 2021
656 Pages
Penguin Classics

All That She Carried
The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST • In this "remarkable book" (New York Times), a renowned historian traces the life of an object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people left out of the archives.
$18.99 US
Feb 01, 2022
416 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks