It’s been quite a while and my books are in storage but I will give you some of the books I can remember of the top of my head. If you can’t afford to buy these books from Amazon or at a Black book retailer, try your library.
Some of the guidance for selecting books, and the rationale I used is below:
HBCU’s. I felt it was important for my sons to understand the reasons HBCU’s exist. I also wanted them to make decisions on higher ed in high school based on the knowledge that they may still be deficient in Black history should they decide to pursue a traditional college.
Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund
Etched into America's consciousness is the United Negro College Fund's phrase "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."…
Great Black Americans: I started with this book, and I went on to pick certain people out of the book to focus on (especially if they lived close and I could drive to some historical landmark or museum). I needed my sons to know White people weren’t the only ones who invented and contributed to America.
Black Indians: In the South, there was a lot of talk about our heritage, so learning about connections to certain Indian tribes was really important.
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
The compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America-now…
Africa: I needed to show my sons Africa wasn’t always poor, and that we were (and still are) great prior to colonialism and religion. We studied Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali:
Some of the other topics I taught my sons about were the Tuskegee Airmen (they needed to understand our contributions to the our military that at one time hated us), the Tuskegee Experiment (they need to know why we don’t trust doctors today), Malcom X-By Any Means Necessary, (Just a strong, wise Black man gone too soon) Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams (pick the 2nd Edition, they needed to know why we struggle so much on earth), The Willie Lynch Letter, the Making of a Slave (they need to understand why Blacks hate each other unlike other ethnic groups), Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority (they needed to understand why White people find all kinds of excuses to label them in school, and why they don’t hire them).
Recently, after years of feeling disconnected from religion and doing my own research, I shared with my sons the Religious Instruction of the Negroes in the United States by Charles Colcock Jones. It was eye opening.
The main thing is never stop learning. There are lots of good books written by both White and Black authors on Black history. The more we know, the better off we are. Never stop learning. Understanding our past will help us understand our futures.
Hope this helps. Again, check out Amazon to find authors. Also check out White papers published by researchers at colleges and universities (like slave patrols). They are often free or low cost.