Read Black, Write Power!

Modern authors putting black thought, community and social justice in the spotlight. Keep calm and read black!

Get ready to raise a Black fist… clenching a bookmark. These four releases explore popular Black philosophy in all its complexity. From feminism to Black nationalism and beyond, the authors on this list are committed to telling thought-provoking stories that empower our people and challenge ideologies that are often silenced in popular media. Let’s start read black!

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

We will never forget Feb. 26, 2012. On that day, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s life was stolen from him by the actions of George Zimmerman. Rest in Power is a three-dimensional look at the teen through the eyes of his parents.

Muslim Cool

by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Khabeer, a scholar, activist, and artist, has spent much of her career writing about African-American Muslim identities; her latest book continues the conversation by focusing solely on youth. A skilled ethnographer, the author combines her poet’s ear and thorough research in prose that flips the script on anti-Black, anti-Muslim sentiment.

Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Gwendolyn Brooks was a champion of Black expression. The first Black Pulitzer Prize winner’s poetic verses offered insight into the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and they continue to bring further context to current racial inequities. This collection of art inspired by the cultural icon is a worthy celebration of her life, writing, and activism.

The Crunk Feminist Collection

edited by Robin M. Boylorn, Brittney C. Cooper, and Susana M. Morris

The Crunk Feminist Collective has been unapologetically adamant about calling out misogyny in popular culture with a decidedly hip-hop feminist aesthetic since its founding in 2010. Now boasting an annual readership of 1 million, the scholars are releasing some of their most popular blog posts. In the spirit of Home Girls Make Some Noise!, The Crunk Feminist Collection tackles the intersection of race, gender, politics and personal struggles of loving hip-hop but hating the sexism etched into the genre.

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