Together at the Table: Blackness in America Materials List

Dive deeper in Sonoma County Library's Together at the Table series by exploring the following materials. 


Explore this topic further through extensive booklists of materials available to check out in the library. Materials are available for kids, families, teens and adults and come in a variety of formats including fiction, nonfiction, picture books, DVDs and graphic novels.

The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of Blackness in America, to gain an understanding historical and current experiences, the impacts of on our country and communities, and how this topic shaped and continues to shape our nation. 


  Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria: and other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

 The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

 Citizen by Claudia Rankine

 The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson 

 We Gon' Be Alright: notes on race and resegregation by Jeff Chang

 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  I Can't Breathe: a killing on Bay Street by Matt Taibbi

 Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

 Locking Up Our Own: crime and punishment in black America by James Forman

 Long Shot: the triumph and struggles of an NBA freedom fighter by Craig Hodges

 Pushout: the criminalization of Black girls in schools by Monique Morris

 The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

  We were eight years in power: an American tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 Roots by Alex Haley

 The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X

 Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

 White Rage: the unspoken truth of our racial divide by Carole Anderson

 The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

 Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

 Tears We Cannot Stop: a sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

 Of Poetry and Protest: from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin edited and compiled by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr

 The Color of Law: a forgotten history of how our government segregated America by Richard Rothstein

 The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates


 A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

 Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

 Lightning Men: a novel by Thomas Mullen

 Amiable with big teeth: a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem by Claude McKay

 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 The Sellout by Paul Beatty 

 Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

 Beloved by Toni Morrison

 Sula by Toni Morrison

 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 

 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

 The Color Purple by Alice Walker

 The Underground Railraod by Colson Whitehead

 Native Son by Richard Wright 

 Sing, Unburied, Sing: a novel by Jesmyn Ward

 The Evening Road by Laird Hunt

 Rusty Puppy by Joe R. Lansdale

 Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar


  All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 March. Book One, March. Book Two,March Book Three by John Lewis

 Turning 15 on the road to freedom: my story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

 Soaring Inspiration: the journey of an original Tuskegee airman by Granville Coggs and Anita Coggs Rowell

 Loving Vs. Virginia: a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case by Patricia Hruby Powell

 Ahgottahandleonit by Donovan Mixon

 The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

 X: a novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

 The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake

 Monster by Walter Dean Myers


  It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
 Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
 The Other Half of my Heart by Sundee Tucker Frazier
 We March by Shane Evans
 I, Too, Am American by Langston Hughes
 Armstrong & Charlie by Steven Frank
 One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
 Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
 As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
 Roll Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
 The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
 Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen


 Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
 13th by Ava DuVernay
 Dark Girls by Stephanie A. 
 Freedom Riders by Stanley Nelson
 Slavery by Another Name by Sam Pollard
 The Black List by HBO Documentary Films
 Soundtrack for a Revolution by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman


The Together at the Table project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

The opinions expressed herein do not reflect the position of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Srevices, the California State Library, or the Sonoma County Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the California State Library, or the Sonoma County Library should be inferred.