1. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

2. Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

3. Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

4. The Next Big Story by Soledad O’Brien with Rose Marie Arce

5. Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness by Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson

6. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

7. Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies, and Resources for the African-American Entrepreneur by Dante Lee

8. Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat

9. A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond by Craig Robinson

10. The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
and Race, Class and Crime in America
by Charles Ogletree

Honorable Mention

11. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

12. Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams

13. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

14. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

15. Children of Fire: A History of African-Americans by Thomas C. Holt

16. Damn Near White: An African-American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

17. SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth and Triumph edited by Marilynn Griffith

18. Decoded by Jay-Z

19. The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House by Roland S. Martin

20. Do I Have to Be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century? by Hisani Dubose

21. The Brand Within: The Power of Branding from Birth to the Boardroom}
by Daymond John

22. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

23. Before Truth Set Me Free by Vanessa “Fluffy” Murray-Yisrael

24. America I AM: A Journal edited by Clarence Reynolds

25. Why Do I Have to Think Like a Man? by Shanae Hall

Kam Williams

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