Finkelstein
MEMORIAL LIBRARY

African American Collection

The Finkelstein Memorial Library collects materials, in a variety of popular formats, which support its function as an information source for the needs of a diverse population. The collection also serves the popular and recreational needs of the general public, and reflects the cultural diversity of the community.

The African American Collection is a collection of materials highlighting the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in the United States, and in the world. It contains materials that highlight the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural life of African Americans. Some representative titles are listed below.

Urban FictionThere is also a separate collection of "Urban Fiction" located on the second floor of the library featuring best-selling authors like Omar Tyree and Sister Souljah. Please see a librarian for details.

 

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

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The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

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The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

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Beloved
by Toni Morrison

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X

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The Souls of Black Folk (Everyman's Library)
by W.E.B. Du Bois

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For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange

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The Women of Brewster Place
by Gloria Naylor

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Native Son
by Richard Wright

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A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

 

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Push
by Sapphire

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Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

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Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

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Black Boy
by Richard Wright

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
by James Weldon Johnson

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Coming of Age in Mississippi
by Anne Moody

 

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The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

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When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America
by Paula J. Giddings

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From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans
by John Hope Franklin

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Paradise
by Toni Morrison

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Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin

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The Known World
by Edward P. Jones

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Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat

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Soul on Ice
by Eldridge Cleaver

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The Long Dream
by Richard Wright

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Cane River
by Lalita Tademy

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Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity
by Ytasha L. Womack

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There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America
by Vincent Harding

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Betsey Brown
by Ntozake Shange

 

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The mis-education of the Negro
by Carter G. Woodson

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Cane
by Jean Toomer

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Erasure
by Percival Everett

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Another Country
by James Baldwin

 

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The Outsider
by Richard Wright

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Gorilla, My Love
by Toni Cade Bambara

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Who is Black?: One Nation's Definition
by F. James Davis

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The Cancer Journals
by Audre Lorde

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Kaiso!: Writings by and about Katherine Dunham
by Veve A. Clark (Editor)

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Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman's Guide to Truth
by Pearl Cleage

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A Wreath for Emmett Till
by Marilyn Nelson

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