Celebrating Black History Month

By Colleen Rowe | January 10 2023 | History

In honor of Black History Month, Penguin Random House Education is highlighting stories about the history of Black America from the Colonial Era to the Civil Rights Movement to the Present, with topics ranging from women’s history and cultural history to music, art, and film and community. The list includes essential stories, non-fiction, and history.

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African American History

African American Studies

The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad
Here is the remarkable and inspiring story of William Still, an unknown abolitionist who dedicated his life to managing a critical section of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia—the free state directly north of the Mason-Dixon Line—helping hundreds of people escape from slavery.
$30.00 US
Nov 01, 2022
432 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
Visit 1619books.com to access free online curricular materials for the book.
$38.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
624 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

Under the Skin
The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation
From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
$30.00 US
Jun 14, 2022
288 Pages

Half American
The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad
The definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective, written by civil rights expert and Dartmouth history professor Matthew Delmont
$30.00 US
Oct 18, 2022
400 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.
$20.00 US
Feb 01, 2022
528 Pages
One World

The Forerunner
A Story of Pain and Perseverance in America
From one of America’s most transformative politicians and activists, a powerful and inspiring memoir that sheds light on a harrowing personal journey and reveals how urgently we need our political leadership to prioritize meeting the needs of our most marginalized communities.
$28.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
272 Pages

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

Until I Am Free

To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness
Robin Coste Lewis’s family had survived one of the largest migrations in human history, when six million Americans fled the South, attempting to escape from white supremacy and white terrorism. The poetry Lewis joins to these vivid images from her family stands forth as an inspiring alternative to the usual ways we frame the old stories of “race” and “migration,” placing them within a much vaster span of time and history.
$35.00 US
Dec 06, 2022
384 Pages


The Ground Breaking
The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice
Now in paperback, the definitive, newsbreaking account of the reopened investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath
$18.00 US
May 17, 2022
336 Pages

Boogie Down Predictions
Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism
Essays that explore the connections between time, representation, and identity within hip-hop culture.
$21.95 US
Sep 13, 2022
352 Pages
Strange Attractor Press

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
The first major biography of one of our most influential but least known activist lawyers that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th century.
$30.00 US
Jan 25, 2022
512 Pages

Black Archives
A Photographic Celebration of Black Life
A photographic celebration and exploration of Black identity and experience through the twentieth century from the founder and curator of the hit multimedia platform Black Archives.
$35.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
288 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Shine Bright
A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop
American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story—from “one of the generation’s greatest, most insightful, most nuanced writers in pop culture” (Shea Serrano)
$18.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
336 Pages
Roc Lit 101

The Young Crusaders
The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement
An authoritative history of the overlooked youth activists that spearheaded the largest protests of the Civil Rights Movement and set the blueprint for future generations of activists to follow.
$18.95 US
Jan 25, 2022
328 Pages
Beacon Press

Becoming Abolitionists
Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom
One of the New York Times' 6 New Paperbacks to Read Now in paperback and with new material, a 2021 Kirkus Best Book of the year in both Nonfiction and Current Events, the book Naomi Klein called: “a triumph of political imagination and a tremendous gift to all movements struggling towards liberation.”
$18.00 US
Oct 04, 2022
320 Pages
Astra House