Books for Black History Month

By Coll Rowe | January 4 2024 | History

Join Penguin Random House Education in celebrating the contributions of Black authors, creators, and educators. In honor of Black History Month in February, we are highlighting stories about the history of Black America, the experiences of Black women, celebrations of Black music, and essential books by Black writers.

Find more books from Penguin Random House:

All Ways Black 

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

Stamped from the Beginning
A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America

A striking graphic novel edition of the National Book Award-winning history of how racist ideas have shaped American life—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist.

$29.99 US
Jun 06, 2023
288 Pages
Ten Speed Graphic

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

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

Half American
The Heroic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

The definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective, by award-winning historian and civil rights expert Winner of the 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Nonfiction  A New York Times Notable Book of 2022A 2022 Book of the Year from TIME, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more.

$19.00 US
Jan 09, 2024
400 Pages
Penguin Books

The Origins of Our Discontents

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

$21.00 US
Feb 14, 2023
544 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Civil Rights Queen
Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality

Here is the first major biography of one of our most influential judges—an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary—that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century.

$19.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
528 Pages

Requiem for the Massacre
A Black History on the Conflict, Hope, and Fallout of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

With journalistic skill, heart, and hope, Requiem for the Massacre reckons with the tension in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one hundred years after the most infamous act of racial violence in American history.

$18.95 US
Nov 14, 2023
336 Pages

His Name Is George Floyd (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

“Since we know George Floyd’s death with tragic clarity, we must know Floyd’s America—and life—with tragic clarity. Essential for our times.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist

$30.00 US
May 17, 2022
432 Pages

Black Women Taught Us
An Intimate History of Black Feminism

Fearless essays that reclaim the work and words of Black women activists, abolitionists, and movement makers who have long fought for liberation and justice—from a beloved Teen Vogue columnist and an essential new voice in Black feminism.

$30.00 US
Jan 23, 2024
368 Pages
Random House

Until I Am Free
Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America

Explores the Black activist’s ideas and political strategies, highlighting their relevance for tackling modern social issues including voter suppression, police violence, and economic inequality.

$16.95 US
Oct 04, 2022
200 Pages
Beacon Press

We Refuse to Forget
A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power

A landmark work of Black and Native American history that reconfigures our understanding of identity, race, and belonging and the inspiring ways marginalized people have pushed to redefine their world.

$18.00 US
Jun 06, 2023
272 Pages
Riverhead Books

Black Writers of the Founding Era (LOA #366)
A Library of America Anthology

A radical new vision of the nation’s founding era and a major act of historical recovery  Featuring more than 120 writers, this groundbreaking anthology reveals the astonishing richness and diversity of Black experience in the turbulent decades of the American Revolution.

$40.00 US
Nov 14, 2023
750 Pages
Library of America

Built from the Fire
The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street

A generational saga of a family and a community in Tulsa’s Greenwood district—or “Black Wall Street”—that in one century survived the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, urban renewal, and gentrification.

$30.00 US
May 23, 2023
672 Pages
Random House

The Ground Breaking
The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice

Now in paperback, the definitive, news breaking account of the reopened investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath.

$18.00 US
May 17, 2022
336 Pages

Twice as Hard
The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century

Black women physicians’ stories have gone untold for far too long, leaving gaping holes in American medical history, in women’s history, and in black history. It’s time to set the record straight.

$24.95 US
Jan 24, 2023
240 Pages
Beacon Press

When Crack Was King
A People's History of a Misunderstood Era

A kaleidoscopic account of the crack cocaine era and a community’s ultimate resilience—told through a cast of characters whose lives illuminate the dramatic rise and fall of the epidemic.

$30.00 US
Jul 11, 2023
448 Pages
One World

The Mis-education of the Negro

The most influential work by “the father of Black history”, reflecting the long-standing tradition of antiracist teaching pioneered by Black educators.

$15.00 US
Jan 31, 2023
224 Pages
Penguin Classics

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

Beyond the Shores
A History of African Americans Abroad

An award-winning author charts the poignant global journeys of African Americans as she explores her own transatlantic family odyssey in this powerful history of living abroad while Black.

$28.00 US
Jun 20, 2023
352 Pages

The Black Angels
The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

New York City, 1929. A sanatorium, a deadly disease, and a dire nursing shortage. Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this remarkable true story follows the intrepid young women known by their patients as the “Black Angels.”

$30.00 US
Sep 19, 2023
448 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Come Up
An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop

The essential oral history of hip-hop, from its origins on the playgrounds of the Bronx to its reign as the most powerful force in pop culture—from the award-winning journalist behind All the Pieces Matter, the New York Times bestselling oral history of The Wire

$20.00 US
Oct 03, 2023
560 Pages

The Black Period
On Personhood, Race, and Origin

Acclaimed poet Hafizah Augustus Geter reclaims her origin story in this “lyrical memoir” (The New Yorker)—combining biting criticism and haunting visuals.

$20.00 US
Sep 26, 2023
448 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks