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Must-Reads by African-American Writers

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This list provides a good starting point for readers who want to explore the unique literary traditions of African-American writers.

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Count of Monte Cristo Report Abuse
Dumas
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The three musketeers Report Abuse
Dumas
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass Report Abuse
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Some of Us Did Not Die – June Jordan Report Abuse
Jordan is actually a Caribbean-American writer, but her work is a powerful testament to and interrogation of black experience in the U.S.
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Passing – Nella Larson Report Abuse
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My Soul’s High Song – Countee Cullen Report Abuse
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“I Have a Dream” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Report Abuse
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Neon Vernacular – Yusef Komunyaka Report Abuse
This book won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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A Street in Bronzeville – Gwendolyn Brooks Report Abuse
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Blessing the Boats – Lucille Clifton Report Abuse
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The Souls of Black Folk – W. E. B. DuBois Report Abuse
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The Weary Blues – Langston Hughes Report Abuse
Hughes was one of the forerunners of Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century, practically inventing “jazz poetry.”
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou Report Abuse
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Up from Slavery – Booker T. Washington Report Abuse
Pairing this autobiography with DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk will bring you right into the debate about African-Americans’ position in US society at the turn of the 20th century.
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Go Tell It On the Mountain – James Baldwin Report Abuse
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Invisible Man – Ralph Waldo Ellison Report Abuse
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Thomas and Beulah – Rita Dove Report Abuse
Dove received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 for this collection.
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Cane – Jean Toomer Report Abuse
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Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston Report Abuse
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Beloved – Toni Morrison Report Abuse
If you read only one novel by Morrison, make it this one. And then move on to The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon.
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Black Boy – Richard Wright Report Abuse
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X Report Abuse
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