1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to

Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

by Resmaa Menakem

3. Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

by Herb Boyd

4. Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance and Success

by Eboni K. Williams

5. Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

6. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

by David J. Garrow

7. Invisible Ink: Navigating Racism in Corporate America

by Stephen M. Graham

  1. Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past and Present

by Gil L. Robertson, IV

9. Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life

by David Billings

  1. The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

Edited by Veronica Chambers


Honorable Mention

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

by Michael Eric Dyson

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

by Adrian Miller

Ali: A Life

by Jonathan Eig

Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood

by Kim Fields

Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971

by Leigh Montville

Cop under Fire

Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America

by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr.

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