The Hidden Histories of Black Americans

American history is filled with brilliant Black figures, but it has also consistently denied Black leaders, artists, and scholars the recognition they deserve, stealing their ideas and labor or hiding it from view. These histories shine a spotlight on the diverse contributions of Black Americans who have had an integral role in shaping and advancing the modern world.

Vanguard

The epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power - and how it transformed America....

Overground Railroad

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for Black motorists....

Unsung

An 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....

The Three Mothers

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin....

Hidden Figures

Mathematician

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space, even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences....

Freedom Riders

The saga of the Freedom Riders is an improbable, almost unbelievable story....

Trailblazer

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the US....

Assata

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list....

No Name in the Street

This stunningly personal document displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works....

The Black Cabinet

In the early 20th century, most African Americans still lived in the South, disenfranchised, impoverished, terrorized by white violence, and denied the basic rights of citizenship....

Invisible

As fast-paced as fiction, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable audiobook, her story is once again visible....

My Vanishing Country

What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, illuminating the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women....

Be Free or Die

Facing death rather than enslavement - a story of one man's triumphant choice and ultimate rise to national hero....

Barracoon

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade....

The Original Black Elite

From New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor comes this riveting chronicle of a critical yet overlooked chapter in American history: the inspiring rise and calculated fall of the black elite, from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era....

Vanguard

The epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power - and how it transformed America....

Overground Railroad

The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for Black motorists....

Unsung

An 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....

The Three Mothers

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin....

Hidden Figures

Mathematician

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space, even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences....

Freedom Riders

The saga of the Freedom Riders is an improbable, almost unbelievable story....

Trailblazer

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, whose 50-year-career as a journalist put her in the forefront of the fight for social justice, offers a comprehensive view of racial relations and the media in the US....

Assata

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list....

No Name in the Street

This stunningly personal document displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works....

The Black Cabinet

In the early 20th century, most African Americans still lived in the South, disenfranchised, impoverished, terrorized by white violence, and denied the basic rights of citizenship....

Invisible

As fast-paced as fiction, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable audiobook, her story is once again visible....

My Vanishing Country

What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, illuminating the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women....

Be Free or Die

Facing death rather than enslavement - a story of one man's triumphant choice and ultimate rise to national hero....

Barracoon

A major literary event: a never-before-published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God that brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade....

The Original Black Elite

From New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor comes this riveting chronicle of a critical yet overlooked chapter in American history: the inspiring rise and calculated fall of the black elite, from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era....

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The History of Institutionalized Racism and Oppression

There’s no denying the long and deep-rooted history of racism and inequality throughout America’s history. From the history of stolen and devalued Black labor to the legislative roadblocks and redlining that have intensified racial inequality, these listens uncover some of the many systemic injustices and crimes against the Black community that have gone unchecked and remained unchanged throughout American history.