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Best African Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top African books.

1. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (2017)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionWalk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America….
Author(s): Beverly Daniel Tatum

2. African Holistic Health (2004)

Best African Books Worth Your Attentionafrican holistic health addresses health issues from a comprehensive african -centered viewpoint.it provides a complete guide to herbal remedies along with homeopathic disease treatments.what makes afrikan holistic health truly unique is the research dr. afrika has provided on the physiological and psychological differences between people of african descent verses people of european descent….
Author(s): Llaila Afrika

3. Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Next Wave: New Directions in Women’s Studies) (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionIn Black Feminism Reimagined Jennifer C. Nash reframes black feminism's engagement with intersectionality, often celebrated as its primary intellectual and political contribution to feminist theory. Charting the institutional history and contemporary uses of intersectionality in the academy, Nash outlines how women's studies has both elevated intersectionality to the discipline's primary program-building initiative and cast intersectionality as a threat to feminism's coherence. As intersectionality has become a central feminist preoccupation, Nash…
Author(s): Jennifer C. Nash

4. Washington Black (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionEleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.   But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on…
Author(s): Esi Edugyan

5. Black Power at Work: Community Control, Affirmative Action, and the Construction Industry (2010)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionBlack Power at Work chronicles the history of direct action campaigns to open up the construction industry to black workers in the 1960s and 1970s. The book’s case studies of local movements in Brooklyn, Newark, the Bay Area, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle show how struggles against racism in the construction industry shaped the emergence of Black Power politics outside the U.S. South. In the process, “community control” of the construction industry―especially government War on Poverty and post-rebellion urban reconstruction projects― became…
Author(s): David Goldberg, Trevor Griffey

6. An Educator’s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Achievement (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionAfrican American students are in a state of crisis in our nation’s public schools. This highly anticipated 4th edition is a much needed guide for educators to assist African American students to reach their full potential in school by providing practical advice to increase academic performance.In this book, you will discover how to:Self-reflect to improve the educational climate for African American studentsConnect with your African American students in the academic settingCreate culturally relevant lesson plans to reach your studentsBuild Professional Development…
Author(s): Dr. Chance Wayne Lewis

7. Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionIn this book, Ashante M. Reese makes clear the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas, highlighting Black residents’ navigation of and resistance to unequal food distribution systems. Linking these local food issues to the national problem of systemic racism, Reese examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Reese not only documents racism and residential segregation in the nation’s capital but also tracks the ways transnational food corporations have shaped food availability. By connecting…
Author(s): Ashanté M. Reese

8. Friday Black (2018)

Best African Books Worth Your Attention— — — From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In “The Finkelstein Five,” Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice…
Author(s): Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

9. African American Psychology: From Africa to America (2013)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionAfrican American Psychology: From Africa to America provides students with comprehensive coverage of African American psychology as a field. Authors Faye Z. Belgrave and Kevin W. Allison expertly convey the integration of African and American influences on the psychology of African Americans. They illustrate how this group’s contemporary values, beliefs, and behaviors are derived from African culture and translated by the cultural socialization experiences of African Americans in this country. The text provides examples of evidence-based practices for improving…
Author(s): Faye Z. (Zollicoffer) Belgrave, Kevin W. Allison

10. 100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) (1995)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionTeeming with interesting nuggets of fact and information, 100 African Americans Who Shaped American History includes such legendary men and women as Benjamin Banneker, Dred Scott, Mary Church Terrell, George Washington Carver and Bessie Smith. Also included are Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and many, many more. Organized chronologically and meticulously researched, this book provides an educational look at the prominent role that these individuals played and how their varied talents, ideas and expertise contributed to American…
Author(s): Chrisanne Beckner

11. The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionIn The Black Shoals Tiffany Lethabo King uses the shoal—an offshore geologic formation that is neither land nor sea—as metaphor, mode of critique, and methodology to theorize the encounter between Black studies and Native studies. King conceptualizes the shoal as a space where Black and Native literary traditions, politics, theory, critique, and art meet in productive, shifting, and contentious ways. These interactions, which often foreground Black and Native discourses of conquest and critiques of humanism, offer alternative insights into understanding…
Author(s): Tiffany Lethabo King

12. Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionBlack From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing encompasses the broad spectrum of Black speculative writing, including science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and Afrofuturism, all by Black women writers. Editors Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle have gathered the voices of twenty emerging and established writers in speculative fiction and poetry; writers who’ve imagined the weird and the wondrous, the futuristic and the fantastical, the shadowy and the sublime….
Author(s): Stephanie Andrea Allen, Lauren Cherelle

13. Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionTimuel Black is an acclaimed historian, activist, and storyteller. Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black chronicles the life and times of this Chicago legend.Sacred Ground opens in 1919, during the summer of the Chicago race riot, when infant Black and his family arrive in Chicago from Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the first Great Migration. He recounts in vivid detail his childhood and education in the Black Metropolis of Bronzeville and South Side neighborhoods that make up his "sacred ground." Revealing a priceless trove of experiences, memories, ideas, and opinions, Black describes…
Author(s): Black Jr., Timuel D., Bart Schultz, et al.

14. 2019-2020: Weekly and Monthly Planner Calendar Organizer (August 2019 – December 2020) | African American Boss Lady (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionStay organized with this trendy and versatile African American Black Woman planner. Each monthly spread contains an overview of the month and space to write down notes and ideas. Weekly view pages offer ample writing space to write down schedules, appointments, deadlines, to-do lists, project ideasFeatures:…
Author(s): Carlsbad Press

15. What She Don’t Know (Her Secret Love Series) (2019)

Best African Books Worth Your AttentionRemi Montell knows heartache all too well. After losing her adoptive parents as a teenager, she found solace in a relative’s home. Her aunt helped shape her formative years and inspired her to reach for her dreams, no matter how unimaginable they may seem. Now, Remi is young woman trying to make a name for herself in the fashion industry, but finds herself distracted by one her aunt’s many suitors. Soon a torrid love affair with him begins to chip away at the wall that separates her love and devotion for the woman who raised her and the man she can’t help but fall in love…
Author(s): Mia Black

Best African Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some african books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

African Economic Outlook 2002-2003.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: March 2003, Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2147375

The Kafir language: comprising a sketch of its history; which includes a general classification of South African dialects, ethnographical and geographical: remarks upon its nature: and a grammar

Author(s): John Whittle Appleyard
Publisher: Printed for the Wesleyan Missionary Society, Year: l850, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1027906

If I Can Cook/You Know God Can: African American Food Memories, Meditations, and Recipes

Author(s): Ntozake Shange
Publisher: Beacon Press;, Year: 29 Jan 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2321819

Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation

Author(s): Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, Steven F. Miller
Publisher: The New Press, Year: 26 July 2011, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2381792

Party Proliferation and Political Contestation in Africa: Senegal in Comparative Perspective

Author(s): Catherine Lena Kelly
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408447

Religious Minorities in Non-Secular Middle Eastern and North African States

Author(s): Mark Tessler
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408481

Influence of the Sea Surface Temperature Decadal Variability on Tropical Precipitation: West African and South American Monsoon

Author(s): Julián Villamayor
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 38 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408558

Political Mobilizations and Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author(s): Wolfgang Stuppert
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408829

The Southern African Development Community and Law

Author(s): Mkhululi Nyathi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250813

Trajectory of Land Reform in Post-Colonial African States

Author(s): Adeoye O. Akinola, Henry Wissink
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251317

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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