10 Books for Black Men to Read

Writer Alexander Montgomery shares his picks.

30 Must-Read Books by Black Authors

Celebrate black authors’ fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

10 African American History Books Every American Should Read

Meet extraordinary individuals; explore communities; deepen your understanding of America.

6 Fascinating Facts About Alice Walker

Learn more about the woman behind influential pieces of literature such as The Color Purple.

9 African Romance Novels You Should Read

From historical epics to feel-good contemporaries, these African books are a must-read.

Read an Excerpt from Walter Mosley’s The Awkward Black Man

The collection of short stories artfully shares the struggles of a range of uniquely flawed characters.

Alice Walker Poems That Everyone Needs to Read

"Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."

What It's Like to Read Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man in 2020

Writer Alexander Montgomery reflects on why there's no such thing as "invisible."

Why Ishmael Reed Is the Author You Should Be Reading Right Now

Find out why he's been called "the purest literary troublemaker we currently have."

7 Books About Race to Explain the Current Unrest

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”—Martin Luther King Jr.

Alice Walker Tells Us How We Can Have Peace on Earth

Read an essay from Alice Walker’s book, Living by the Word.

How Former Slave Elizabeth Keckley Befriended the Lincolns

An excerpt from the memoir of a woman who bought her own freedom and became a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Revisiting The Color Purple: A Discussion with Alice Walker

Ms. Walker answers readers' questions about her most famous work.

Gloria Steinem on The Color Purple

The iconic feminist praises Alice Walker's ability to move readers.

10 Alice Walker Quotes That Amaze and Inspire

Powerful wisdom from the author of The Color Purple.

8 Books We Wish We Read in High School

If we could do it all over again, we'd make time for these stories.

Inside the Surveillance War Between James Baldwin and the FBI

Before the If Beale Street Could Talk author became a symbol of today's Black Lives Matter movement, he was a high-priority target of FBI surveillance during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.