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L. Mack's Juneteenth Reading List

Suggested readings by notable African-American authors that inspire, uplift and guide us as we celebrate the emancipation of slaves in America (from Author LeAndrea Mack)

The Fire Next Time

By: James Baldwin
Narrated by: Jesse Martin
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER - The book that galvanized the nation, gave voice to the emerging civil rights movement in the 1960s—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. - “The finest essay I’ve ever read.” —Ta-Nehisi CoatesAt once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the... Read more

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Homegoing

A novel

By: Yaa Gyasi
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 13 hours 10 minutes

“AN EXCELLENT LISTEN. Read more

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Juneteenth

A Novel

By: Ralph Ellison
Narrated by: Joe Morton
Length: 14 hours 6 minutes

From the author of bestselling Invisible Man—the classic novel of African-American experience—this long-awaited second novel tells an evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. Brilliantly crafted, moving, and wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying... Read more

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Negroland

A Memoir

By: Margo Jefferson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 7 hours 59 minutes

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac—here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of Margo Jefferson’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself... Read more

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On the Other Side of Freedom

The Case for Hope

By: DeRay Mckesson
Narrated by: DeRay Mckesson
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes

"On the Other Side of Freedom reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial activism through study, discipline, and conviction. His belief in a world that can be made better, one act at a time, powers his narratives and opens up a view on the costs, consequences, and rewards of leading a... Read more

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Stony the Road

Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

By: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar... Read more

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There Will Be No Miracles Here

A Memoir

By: Casey Gerald
Narrated by: Casey Gerald
Length: 13 hours 32 minutes

“Gerald's THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE might very well--and rightfully so--come to be considered one of the great memoirs of an African-American experience in America. In this memoir, Gerald recounts his childhood and life, beginning with early years in Dallas, rife with family drama, religious questioning, grappling with sexuality--to a... Read more

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The Underground Railroad (Television Tie-in)

A Novel

By: Colson Whitehead
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Now an original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins.

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is... Read more

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Washington Black

A novel

By: Esi Edugyan
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

“From sweltering Barbados to London streets, Arctic ice to Moroccan heat, skies above to depths below, fear to love and back again, again, again. Esi Edugyan’s epic new historical novel follows the young Washington Black from the unrelenting brutality of slavery to the edges of the world as he searches for freedom, finding the complexities of the... Read more

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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By: Isabel Wilkerson
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 22 hours 40 minutes

“I'm sorry I hadn't gotten to this sooner. Wilkerson pulls together so much of what I already knew about the US but not necessarily why... a great audiobook, too. Read more

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