15 Books You Must Read

 

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The Black Holocaust for Beginners (by S.E. Anderson)

The Black Holocaust for Beginners was written in 1995 and as the title suggest “for beginners” it is an excellent starting point for those who have gnawing questions about how Africans in America came to be.  The book is a small but powerful paperback that talks about the millions of Africans who were kidnapped and transported across the globe.  The author provides an inside look at the horrific experience of being captured, transported in the bowel of ships, while being brutalized along the way.  Oftentimes the truth is not always pleasant but it is part of the awakening process. To read more Click http://amzn.to/2c9WDlW to Purchase.


The Mis-Education of The Negro (by Dr. Carter G. Woodson)

The Mis-Education of the Negro was originally published in 1933 but the book continues to resonate today.  Dr. Woodson discusses the psychological impact of slavery on the Black mind, explores the system of education, and raises questions such as why Black Americans were educated.  Since the educational system hasn’t evolved much since his book was published readers may come to the same conclusion as Dr. Woodson.  He believed the system of education was not designed to benefit the oppressed, it was designed to fulfill the needs of the oppressor.  This may be true because decades have past and there has been no effort to change what has been working well for the dominant group.  Under this process the black mind has been cleverly brought under control.  Dr. Woodson, said, “When you control a man’s thinking you don’t have to worry about his actions.”  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2cpC8pm to Purchase.


Kill them Before They Grow, Misdiagnosis of African American Boys in American Classrooms

(by Michael Porter)

The first edition and second printing of Kill Them Before They Grow was completed in 1997.  Some chapters in this book are titled, Public Law and the Creation of Black Monsters; The Myth of Equality; Medicated to Learn, Medicated to Act Right:  Slaughter of African Boys.  It is frightening to see how well this process works. There seems to always be someone ready to diagnose black boys with a learning disability, feed them some type of medication, or place them in a special learning environment for some made up reason. This process begins as early as pre-school.  The author makes a strong statement by saying, “Black boys are hosts upon which system-maintaining parasites feed.”  The systematic destruction of black boys in white controlled schools should be a criminal offense.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2c9WrTJ to Purchase.


 From Niggas to Gods, Volume I (by Andre Akil)

From Niggas to Gods, volume I was published in 1993.  This book was written in an effort to lead black people down a path towards truth and away from the lies that have haunted them for centuries.  The author boldly tells black people they are still slaves because they still live under the control of white oppressors.  Have black people really been duped into believing they live according to their own free will?  The author presented a lot of questions to help readers think about whether they are really free.  He broke slavery up into various forms such as physical slavery, biological, economical, sociological, spiritual, as well as psychological slavery.  He continued by saying, “The chains are off black people’s hands but they are not producing anything, the chains are off black people’s feet but they are not going anywhere,” so the question is why?  To read more Click  http://amzn.to/2c9Yw1N to Purchase.


From Niggas to Gods:  Escaping “Niggativity” & Becoming God, Volume II (by Andre Akil)

From Niggas to Gods, volume II was published in 1996 and is a follow up to From Niggas to Gods, volume I.  This volume suggests other books to read, training resources, and lectures. For centuries black people have been conditioned to think from the lens of inferiority.  The book was published to destroy this way of thinking while ushering in another.  The author uses words such as “niggativity” to explain the self-destructive behavior that is often detrimental to black people.  The author uses words that may sound harsh but they were written out of love, concern, and the future well-being of Black people.  Click http://amzn.to/2c9YTcL to Purchase.


 They Stole It but You Must Return It (by Richard Williams, Ed. D.)

They Stole It but You Must Return It was first published in 1986 and has been published at least three times since.  This book is a small gem that packs a powerful punch.  Looking at the title, the first question asked is, stole what?  This book is a confirmation of the black experience.  Dr.  Williams discusses segments of the past and how those past experiences affect black people today.  This book is a must read for those who are locked behind prison walls.  This book not only answers questions but it helps to make more sense out of life.   Click http://amzn.to/2bAj3zD to Purchase.


The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality (by Cheikh Anta Diop)

The African Origin of Civilization:  Myth or Reality was first published in 1955.  Dr. Diop was a historian, physicist, and philosopher, with training as an Egyptologist.  This is one of the most detailed books ever written and I read as if it were a study guide.  During Dr. Diop’s extensive research he discovered that the ancient Egyptian civilization was undeniably black, thereby refuting the ideas and theories of many historians.  This book contains pages of bibliographies referencing his work and more than fifty illustrations indicating that the black race has been in existence since the beginning of time.  While reading take notes and take your time because you will learn everything that was not taught in school about the true origin of history. Click http://amzn.to/2bQJTSS to Purchase.


Stolen Legacy (by George G. M. James)

The original print of Stolen Legacy was published in 1954 but has been published several times since the original print.  The book title is self-explanatory, Stolen Legacy.  According to Dr. James, “Greek philosophy is stolen Egyptian philosophy.”  From various conquests Greek philosophers such as Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and others took their ideas and doctrines from Egyptians and stamped their names on them.  This is known today as plagiarism.  Through research Dr. James disputes those claims proving, “Ancient Africans are the fathers of wisdom and have lead the way to the systems of learning that we still use today.”  Seventy-one percent of readers gave this book five stars. Click http://amzn.to/2bEtJsI to Purchase.


The Destruction of Black Civilization:  Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.

 (by Chancellor Williams)

The Destruction of Black Civilization was published in 1987 and is a much sought after book.  Scholars such as John Henrik Clarke and Amiri Baraka often mentioned Mr. Williams and his work in their writing and lectures.  This book answers important questions that often go unanswered.  It has been proven that Africa had vast empires with kings, queens, and mighty warriors.  It has also been proven that Africans are the original people, the creator of others, and builders of many systems.  With that being said, how did African people who came from greatness fall so far from grace?   Mr. Williams exams the history of African people, he provides an analysis of their current conditions, and suggest ways they can return to the greatness from which they came.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2bQbPIs to Purchase.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was published in 1994 and was a New York Times Bestseller.  The book is based on the life of Mrs. Lacks.  Half of the book focuses on medical ethics and the scientific advancement of human cell research.  The other half is about Mrs. Lacks and her role in the advancement of health and medicine.  Oftentimes, we talk about the long-standing distrust that Black Americans have for the medical industry.  After reading this book it clearly shows why those feelings are real.  To read more Click  http://amzn.to/2ca4AYk to Purchase.


Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome:  America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing 

(by Dr. Joy Degruy Leary)

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome was published in 2005. It is a book that validates why Americans black and white react to the peculiar institution of slavery.  The very mention of the word “slavery” causes extreme discomfort in both groups.  Dr. DeGruy has given these feelings of discomfort a diagnosis.  This is an excellent book because it provides an indebt view of systematic oppression by one group over another.  She talks about how systematic oppression has damaged the psyche of descendants of the enslaved and the enslavers and how the damage impacts relationships between black and white Americans today.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2ca1HXt to Purchase.


 Knowledge of Self: A Collection of Wisdom on the Science of Everything in Life 6th Edition

(by Supreme Understanding)

Knowledge of Self was first printed in 2009.  This book is a must read for all who are seeking truth.  It is written by multiple authors about the wisdom of the science of everything in life.  The sciences consist of mathematics, religion, science, and truth, followed by facts.  The book provides an excellent explanation of each topic.  It has been said that only a select few reach higher, deeper levels of thinking.  Of course one book may not immediately take you to the highest levels of thinking however, it can help you begin to see yourself in a new light.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2bAqSnh to Purchase.


The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (by Michelle Alexander)

The New Jim Crow was written in 2010 and the book is one of the most important pieces of literature ever written.  Many of us believed Jim Crow died with the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  However, after reading the New Jim Crow I realized the ugly truth of racism and classism was still alive and well in America.  In the twentieth and twenty-first century the United States government, disguised as the war on drugs, took millions of black men, some women out of society, and locked them in what is known as the Prison Industrial Complex.  Democratic leaders and Republican leaders, both black and white sat silent while black families were being ripped apart.  Ms. Alexander broke their silence by exposing the dark reality that has plagued black communities for decades.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2cdelYl to Purchase.


 Ebony & Ivy:  Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

(by Dr. Craig Steven Wilder)

Ebony & Ivy was published in 2013, the book focuses on the higher levels of education, the role that slavery played in building America’s ivy league institutions, while suppressing Native Americans out of existence.  It presents the dark side of American history, the side that has been so carefully hidden.  While reading this book all I thought about was how slaves were used to finance, develop, and operate some of the best universities in America, yet Black Americans still struggle to be accepted as students, even today.  This book was well written and thoroughly researched.  It is highly recommended for those interested in truth.  To read more Click http://amzn.to/2bQMCff to Purchase.


 The Half has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

(by Edward E. Baptist)

The Half has Never Been Told was published in 2014 and is an extraordinary book!  I knew slavery existed but I really did not know what made this peculiar institution so successful.  Based on Mr. Baptist’s research, capitalism, the banking industry, and Wall Street came into existence because of the business of slave trading.  Cotton was the driving force in America’s economy, becoming the fastest growing economy in the world.  Slaves were worked from sun up, to sun down and to maintain control slavers abused them in every sadistic way possible.  If you want to know how America became the richest, most powerful nation in the world this is the book to read.  Click http://amzn.to/2bArqJO to Purchase.

 

 

 

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