By: Alveda King
Narrated by: Bernadette Simms
Length: 7 hours 21 minutes
Unlock Your Spiritual Potential There is power inside of you, power to discover, heal, and accomplish so much more in your life. Alveda King, niece of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., shares twenty-one keys to help you unlock your spiritual potential. As your tour guide on this journey of discovery, she reveals how her famous... Read more »Learn more
By: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes
From New York Times bestselling 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-embodied in the experiences of an influential figure of the time, academic,... Read more »Learn more
By: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes
Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963
On April 16, 1963, as the violent events of the Birmingham campaign unfolded in the city’s streets, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., composed a letter from his prison cell in response to local religious leaders’ criticism of the campaign.... Read more »
By: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes
The last book written by King his final reflections after a decade of civil rights struggles
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this significantly prophetic work, which has been unavailable for... Read more »
By: Robbie Tolan & Lawrence Ross
Narrated by: Robbie Tolan
Length: 5 hours 53 minutes
The harrowing true story of Robbie Tolan, a young black man who was shot in the chest by a white police officer . . . in his own driveway.
NO JUSTICE is the harrowing story of Robbie Tolan, who early on one New Year's Eve morning, found himself being rushed to the hospital. A white police officer had shot him in the chest after mistakenly... Read more »
By: Rosa Parks
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 19 minutes
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She was not trying to start a movement. She was simply tired of the social injustice. Yet, her simple act of courage started a chain of events that forever shaped the landscape of American race relations.
Now, decades after her quiet defiance...Read more » Learn more
By: Claire Hartfield
Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
Length: 3 hours 57 minutes
On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the white beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing...Read more » Learn more
By: Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson
Narrated by: Ilyasah Shabazz
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes
*Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award*
"In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League...Shabazz differentiates between Betty and her mother, Ollie Mae Sanders, through pitch and projects the latter's frequent annoyance, showing why Betty often felt underappreciated....
Narrated by: L. Steven Taylor
Length: 6 hours 59 minutes
It is the end of days. A nuclear strike hits New York. Alfie, a young black male, survives but with no memory of what has happened. The only thing he can remember with any clarity is how to play his guitar and a few snatches of old blues and folk songs. Another survivor, Meg, has taken refuge in the hills of Vermont, and she too is the victim of...Read more » Learn more
By: Edd McNair, Keisha Ervin & Brenda Hampton
Narrated by: Mishi LaChappelle
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes
You’ve seen them in print before, and their books are hot, hot, hot! Now see what Edd McNair, Keisha Ervin, and Brenda Hampton can do when they join forces to bring you three stories in the latest installment of Girls from da Hood.
Being married to notorious gangsta rapper Sean Pynn isn’t as glamorous as it appears to be. Behind closed doors,...Read more » Learn more
By: Elaine Tyler May
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 7 hours 47 minutes
An award-winning historian argues that America's obsession with security imperils our democracy in this "compelling" portrait of cultural anxiety (Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time).
For the last sixty years, fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own more guns than citizens of any other country, sequester themselves in... Read more »
By: Cornel West
Narrated by: Cornel West & JD Jackson
Length: 4 hours 51 minutes
The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the groundbreaking classic, with a new introduction
First published in 1993, on the one-year anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, Race Matters became a national best seller that has gone on to sell more than half a million copies. This classic treatise on race contains Dr. West’s most incisive essays on... Read more »
By: Walter Johnson
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes
Soul by Soul tells the story of slavery in antebellum America by moving away from the cotton plantations and into the slave market itself, the heart of the domestic slave trade. Taking us inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced, and sold, Walter Johnson... Read more »Learn more
By: Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt & Buck 50 Productions
Narrated by: L. Steven, iiKane, Stevie Washington & Mishi LaChappelle
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes
The year is 1978. The Duncan brothers and their tough-as-nails women have vanquished their rivals and taken their place as the leaders of Waycross, Georgia's criminal enterprises. However, their rise to power has not gone unnoticed, and the family is rocked when their mother, Miss Bettie, is kidnapped and her body is found in a swamp. No one...Read more » Learn more
By: Useni Eugene Perkins
Narrated by: Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson
Length: 5 minutes
Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.
Hey black child,
Do you know who you are?
Who really are?Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be?
This lyrical, empowering poem... Read more »
By: Marti Dumas
Narrated by: Marti Dumas
Length: 3 hours 42 minutes
Ten-year-old Jackie excels at being in charge. Her skills keep everything from gardens to five unruly brothers in line. So, when a curious chrysalis appears in Jackie's front yard, she naturally decides to take charge of it. The creature that emerges is not like anything Jackie has ever seen, and she soon realizes that she must protect it at all...Read more » Learn more
By: James Baldwin
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 5 hours 49 minutes
James Baldwin's Nobody Knows My Name records the last months of this famed American writer's ten-year self-exile in Europe, his return to America and to Harlem, and his first trip south at the time of the school integration battles. It contains Baldwin's controversial and intimate profiles of Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Ingmar Bergman.... Read more »Learn more
By: Laila Ibrahim
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes
The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.
Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth’s beloved nurse. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than...Read more » Learn more
By: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 14 hours 26 minutes
The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers’s now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as “A Negro ‘Believe It or Not.’” Rogers’s little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they... Read more »Learn more
Narrated by: Various, Lena Dunham, Nick Haramis, Alice Waters, Janet Mock, Gloria Steinem, Patton Oswalt, Jon Meacham, Issa Rae, Charlamagne tha God, Rashida Jones & Gabourey Sidibe
Length: 1 hours 49 minutes
A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham
Michelle Obama’s legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama’s equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for... Read more »
By: Liara Tamani
Narrated by: Imani Parks
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes
Calling My Name, by debut author Liara Tamani, is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.
This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up...Read more » Learn more
By: Patricia Polacco
Narrated by: Melba Sibrel & Hal Hollings
Length: 22 minutes
When Sheldon Russell Curtis told this story to his daughter, Rosa, she kept every word in her heart and was to retell it many times.
I will tell it in Sheldon's own words as nearly as I can.
He was wounded in a fierce battle and left for dead in a pasture somewhere in Georgia when Pinkus found him. Pinkus' skin was the color of polished... Read more »
By: Mildred D. Taylor
Narrated by: Andre Montgomery
Length: 2 hours 4 minutes
Another powerful story in the Logan Family Saga and companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
For David Logan, a time of distress means taking the higher road.
During a drought, the Logan family shares their well water with their neighbors, black and white alike. But David’s brother Hammer finds it hard... Read more »
By: Arvella Whitmore
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes
Jordan is going to join a gang. But just as he's about to start his future with the Cobras, his past calls him back. Way back--to the nineteenth-century, where he meets his ancestors and gets a bitter taste of what life was like for them as slaves. Jordan must live with the constant threat of the whip's lash. His journey back in time will strike... Read more »Learn more