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.

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.

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.

27 Must-Read Books by Black Authors

Celebrate black authors’ fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

9 Powerful Civil Rights Quotes About Equality in America

Celebrate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with these influential reads.