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Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow

A tremendous biography and a great study of philanthropy that will have strong YA crossover appeal.

A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

A thoroughly researched, well-written work about civil rights, American history, and the momentum of political change that young people, particularly women, initiate.

Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future

A thorough read on inequality when considering race, wealth, and wealth gaps. Although heavy on sociological research, Shapiro's work is easy to follow and valuable for students and academics interested in expanding their knowledge on factors that affect economic mobility among marginalized groups.

Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul

Glaude's well-organized, thoughtful, and succinct manifesto will inspire healthy debate and further inform people's perspective of how race affects African Americans today. [See Prepub Alert, 8/1/15.]

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Ford creates a fierce and vibrant dialog on the rarely recounted women's perspective on black style, beauty, and soul. Our style tells the story of us. This account is beneficial for scholars and history buffs alike.

The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu

Incredible and inspiring, this account belongs in every library and on every bookshelf.

Miss Jessie's: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch—Naturally

Branch proves that minorities in business can help shape the world. She offers an enlightened view of how anyone can create success through hard work and no fear of failure. If Branch can do it, so can the rest of us.

Deep Violence: Military Violence, War Play, and the Social Life of Weapons

This is a dense and sometimes complicated read, but it is well researched and closely examines the subject through various lenses. Great for those interested in warfare, society, history, and peace studies.

The Trouble with Post-Blackness

An excellent collection of essays from impressive minds responding openly to what black identity was, is, and perhaps will be. Although a dense read in some areas, anyone with an expressed interest in racial history and identity will enjoy this read.

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