Conscious / Enlightening Reading List

This page is really to provide a gateway for me to awknowledge the books that have helped me along the way try to be an enlightened individual;  inspired me into learning about black history, the world, acceptance of who I am, and I hope it proves useful and informative for you; This page details some books that SHOULD be in your collection ;-)

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When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth by Century America (Paperback)
by Ira Katznelson

The Outsider (Paperback)
by Richard Wright

Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People's War (Paperback)
by Patrick Chabal

Another Country (Paperback)
by James Baldwin

The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans (The New Marcus Garvey Library, No. 9)
by Marcus Garvey

Conversations with My Sons and Daughters (Paperback)
by Mamphela Ramphele

The Souls of Black Folk (Paperback)
by W.E.B. Du Bois

Rastafari: Roots and Ideology (Utopianism & Communitarianism)
by Barry Chevannes

Africa: The Time Has Come (Hardcover)
by Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred (Paperback)
by Mark Gevisser

The Wretched of the Earth (Paperback)
by Frantz Fanon

I Write What I Like: Selected Writings (Paperback)
by Steve Biko

Biko (Paperback)
by Donald Woods

Native Son (Perennial Classics) by Richard Wright

Black Labor, White Wealth : The Search for Power and Economic Justice by Claud Anderson

 Roots by Alex Haley

Race Matters by Cornel West

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa 

by Walter Rodney

Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton by Bobby Seale

From the Browder File: 22 Essays on the African American Experience (From the Browder File Series) by Anthony T. Browder

How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America by Earl G. Graves

The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing

Hip Hop Decoded by The Black Dot

From Superman to Man by J. A. Rogers

Breaking the Curse of Willie Lynch: The Science Of Slave Psychology by Alvin Morrow

Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery by Naim Akbar

Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Know Thyself by Na?im Akbar

Willie Lynch: Why African Americans Have So MAll Issues by Marc Sims

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

21.  What They Never Told You in History Class by Indus KhamitbyKush

Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color by Iyanla VanZant

Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver

Uprising  by Yusuf Jah

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof: A Short Cut to the World History of the Negro by J. A. Rogers

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis

The MisbyEducation of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

From Niggas to Gods, Vol. II: Escaping "Niggativity" & Becoming God by Akil

Visions for Black Men by Na?im Akbar

Therefore I Am: A Book for AfricanbyAmerican Men by Frederick Covington

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

From Niggas to Gods, Part One by Akil

Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Alex Haley

Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper

Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality by Yusuf Jah

When we Ruled by Robin Walker

What Is Cool?: Understanding Black Manhood in America by Marlene K. Connor

The Black Man's Guide to Working in a White Man's World by E. LeMay Lathan

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Ugly by Constance Briscoe

Beyond Ugly by Constance Briscoe

Gifted at Primary, Failing at Secondary by Neil Mayers

Melanin (what makes black people black) by Llaila Afrika

Egyptian Yoga by Sebai Muata Ashby

The African Origin of Civilisation by Cheikh Anta Diop

Before the Slave Trade by Robin Walker

African Holistic Health by Dr Llaila Afrika

Truth & Nothing But by Gerald Slater

What they Never Told you in History Class by KhamitbyKush

Cultural Genocide by Yosef benbyJockannan

Free Your Mind by The Investigator

From the Browder File by Anthony T Browder

The Black Matrix by Franklin Jones

Medical Apartheid by Harriet A Washington

The Melanin Diet by Deanne Meningall

Long Run, Short Catch by Asama Iwuoha

A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

Enemy Between My Legs by Stephanie L Jones

Do You by Russell Simmons

Legacy of the Black Gods by Paul Simons

Conversations with the Blackman's God by Neferatiti & Arkenatan Shabazz


What being Black is and What being Black Isn't by Jacob Whittingham and Biscuit

The Black Male Handbook by Kevin Powell


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Nutricide by Dr Llaila Afrika

The Caged Virgin by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Black Studies Primer by Keith A P Sandiford  

Spirit of a Man by Iyanla Vanzant

The Value in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant

In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

I Shall Not be Moved by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou

Yesterday I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant

ISIS papers by Dr Cress Welsing


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All books by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima (especially They Came Before Columbus)

All books by Dr. Chekh Anta Diop (especially Civilization or Barbarism)

All books by Joel Augustus Rogers

All books by Dr. Amos N. Wilson (especially Blueprint for BlackPower)

All books by Dr. Jacob Carruthers (especially Mdw Ntr: Divine Speech)

All books by Dr. Molefi Asante (especially The Painful Demise of Eurocentrism)

All books byDr. John Henrik Clarke

All books by Dr. YosefBen Jochannan

All books by Dr. Tony Martin (especially Race First)

All books by Asa G. Hilliard

All books by Dr. Naim Akbar

All books by Dr. Eric Williams

All books by Walter Rodney

All books by Michael Bradley

All books by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad

All books by Agyei Akoto (especially The Sankofa Movement)

All books by Dr. Theophile Obenga

All books by Gerald Massey (especially Ancient Egypt Light of the World)

All books by Tony Browder

All books by Dr. John Hope Franklin

All books by Oba T Shaka

All books by Noam Chomsky

All books by Ayi Kwei Armah (especially Two Thousand Seasons)

All books by Dr. Chinua Achebe(especially Things Fall Apart)

All books by Dr. Maulana Karenga (especially The Husia)

Let the Circle be Unbroken by Dr. Marimba Ani

Yurugu by Dr. Marimba Ani

Powernomics by Claude Anderson

Miseducation of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson

The Destruction of Black Civilization by Dr. Chancellor Williams

Black Labor, White Wealth by Claude Anderson

The West and the Rest of Us by Dr. Chinweizu

Metu Neter Vol. 1 & 2 by Ra Un Nefer Amen

Conversations with Ogotemmeli by Marcel Griaule

Decolonizing the Afrikan Mind by Dr. Chinweizu

The Pale Fox by M. Graiule and G. Dieterlen

Echoes of the Old Darkland by Charles S. Finch

The Star of Deep Beginings by Charles S. Finch

Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations by Dr. Runoko Rashidi

African Cultural Values by Kwame Gyekye

Eurocentrism by Samir Amin

Darwin’s Athletes by John Hoberman

The African Personality in America by Dr. Kobi Kambon

Oludumare by Dr. E. Bolaji Idowu

African History and Culture edited by Richard Olaniyan

Tales of Yoruba Gods and Heroes by Harold Courlander

In the Matter of Color by A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.

Black Messiahs and Uncle Toms by Wilson Jeremiah Moses

Global African Presence by Edward Scobie

The Story of the Moors in Spain by Stanley Lane-Poole

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis

Let The Ancestors Speak by Ankh Mi Ra

Ancient Future by Wayne B. Chandler

Black Athena Vol. 1&2 by Martin Bernal



The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

A People’s History of The United States by Howard Zinn

Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? By Reginald Louis/Blair Walker

The New World Order by Ralph Epperson

Dark Majesty by Texxe Marrs

The Emerging Police State by William M. Kunstler

Shadows of Power “America’s Hidden Oligarchy” by James Perloff

The Two Babylon’s by Rev. Alexander Hislop

Conspirators Hierarchy by Dr. John Coleman

Surviving Global Slavery (Living Under the New World Order) by Robert k. Spear

Think Free To Live Free by Claire Wolfe


Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln

The Iceman Inheritance by Michael Bradley

The Messianic Legacy by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln

The Thirteenth Tribe by Author Koestler

The Valley of the Dry Bones by Rudolph R. Windsor

The Lost Tribes A Myth by Professor Allen Godbey

From Babylon to Timbuktu by Rudolph R. Windsor

Culture Bandits by Del Jones

The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews by the N.O.I.

The Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham

They Stole It But They Must Return It by Dr. Richard Williams

The Stolen Legacy by George G.M. James

Did God Make Them Black? By Isaac O. Olaleye

The Black Holocaust by Del Jones

Nature Knows No Color Line by J.A. Rogers

The River by Edward Hooper

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment by James H. Jones

Chemical and Biological Warfare by Steven Rose

The Debt; What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson

Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (vol. 1, 2 and 3) by Jawanza Kunjufu

Population and Development by Eamonn Keane

Critical Issues in Educating African American Youth by Jawanza Kunjufu

Black Enterprise Guide to Investing by James A. Anderson

Motivating and Preparing Black youth for Success by Jawanza Kunjufu

To Be Popular or Smart: The Black Peer Group by Jawanza Kunjufu

Black Students/Middle Class Teachers by Jawanza Kunjufu

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth by Ric Edelman

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman

Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity by Queen Afua

Starting and Running a Profitable Investment Club by Thomas E. O’Hara/Kenneth S. Janke Sr.

The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children by Carol Simontacchi

Capitalism; the Unknown Idea by Ayn Rand

Seize The Time by Bobby Seale

No More Prisons by William Upski Wimsatt

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

The Life and Times of Cesar Borge by Raphael Sabatini

The Prophet by…Khalil Gibran

The SANKOFA Movement: ReAfrikanization and the Reality of War by…Kwame Agyei & Akua Nson Akoto














The Hiphop Driven Life by…Arnett Kale Powell & Adebayo “Bayo” Alabi Olorunto

Blueprint for Black Power by…Amos N. Wilson

NationBuilding (Theory & Practice in Afrikan Centered Education) by…Kwame Agyei Akoto

Our Criminal Society (The Social and Legal Sources of Crime in America) by…Edwin M. Schur

The West and the Rest of Us by…Chinweizu

Two Thousand Seasons by…Ayi Kwei Armah

Who Needs The Negro? by…Sidney M. Wilhelm

The Culture of Terrorism by…Noam Chomsky

Ruminations by… KRS ONE

Agents Of Repression (The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party & the American Indian Movement by…Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall

Rich Dad Poor Dad by…Robert T. Kiyosaki

Black Skin, White Masks by…Frantz Fanon

Challenge of the Congo by…Kwame Nkrumah

Beginnings of Learning by…J Krishnamurti

A Higher Form Of Killing by…Robert Harris and Jeremy Paxman

African World Revolution (Africans at the Crossroads) by…John Henrik Clarke

Blaming The Victims by…Edward W. Said & Christopher Hitchens

The Chi Kung Way by…James Macritchie

Parable of the Sower by…Octavia E. Butler

Salvation: Black People and Love by…Bell Hooks

Power Edited by…Steven Lukes

Rhythm & Business Edited by…Norman Kelley

Pragmatism Edited by…..Louis Menand

The Education of the Negro by…Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson

An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire by…Arundhati Roy

The Alchemist by…Paulo Coelho

The Art Of War For Executives by…Donald G. Krause

Rules For Radicals by…Saul D. Alinsky

Eyes To My Soul (The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent) by…Tyrone Powers

Economic Democracy by…J.W. Smith

The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ by…Gerald Massey

How To Master The Art Of Selling by…Tom Hopkins

Message to the Blackman by…The Hon. Elijah Muhammad

How to Eat to Live (1 & 2) by…The Hon. Elijah Muhammad

Yurugu (An African-Centered Critique Of European Cultural Thought and Behavior) by…Marimba Ani

The Race (Matters Concerning Pan Afrikan History, Culture, and Genocide) Edited by…Kiarri T-H. Cheatwood

The Rebirth of African Civilization by…Chancellor Williams

Age of Propaganda (The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion) by…Anthony Pratkanis & Elliot Aronson

Orgasms (How to Have Them, Give Them, and Keep Them Coming) by…Lou Paget

Sexual Secrets (The Alchemy Of Ecstasy) by…Nik Douglas & Penny Slinger

Black-On-Black Violence (The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination) by…Amos N. Wilson

The Dancing Wu Li Masters (An Overview of The New Physics) by…Gary Zukav

Seat of the Soul by….Gary Zukav

MDW NTR: Divine Speech by…Jacob H. Carruthers

The Hero With A Thousand Faces by…Joseph Campbell

The Miseducation of the Black Child by…Nathan Hare & Julia Hare

The 48 Laws of Power by…Robert Greene

Striking Thoughts by…Bruce Lee

Trauma and Recovery by…Judith Herman, MD

The Culture Of Fear by…Barry Glassner

Christianity Before Christ by…John G. Jackson

The New Nuclear Danger by…Helen Caldicott

Weapons Of Mass Deception by…Sheldon Rampton & John Stauber

The Mafia Manager (A Guide To The Corporate Machiavelli) by…V.

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Art, Loves & Demons of Marvin Gaye) by…Michael Eric Dyson

The Compassion Box by…Pema Chodron

The Wu-Tang Manual by…The RZA

The Reflexive Universe by…Arthur M. Young

Death At An Early Age by…Jonathan Kozol

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by…Walter Rodney

Guerrilla Publicity by…Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, and Jill Lublin

Who is the King of Glory by…Alvin Boyd Kuhn

Think and Grow Rich (A Black Choice) by…Dennis Kimbro and Napoleon Hill


Melanin (what makes black people black) - Llaila Afrika

Gifted at Primary, Failing at Secondary - Neil Mayers

Egyptian Yoga - Sebai Muata Ashby

The African Origin of Civilisation - Cheikh Anta Diop

Before the Slave Trade - Robin Walker

African Holistic Health - Dr Llaila Afrika

Nutricide - Dr Llaila Afrika

When we Ruled - Robin Walker

Black Studies Primer - Keith A P Sandiford  

Ugly - Constance Briscoe

Beyond Ugly - Constance Briscoe

Roots - Alex Haley

The Caged Virgin - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing - Maya Angelou

ISIS papers - Dr Cress Welsing

Yesterday I Cried - Iyanla Vanzant

In the Meantime - Iyanla Vanzant

I Shall Not be Moved - Maya Angelou

Still I Rise - Maya Angelou

The Value in the Valley - Iyanla Vanzant

Spirit of a Man - Iyanla Vanzant

Conversations with the Blackman's God - Neferatiti & Arkenatan Shabazz

Legacy of the Black Gods - Paul Simons

What being Black is and What being Black Isn't - Jacob Whittingham and Biscuit

The Black Male Handbook - Kevin Powell

Do You - Russell Simmons

Enemy Between My Legs - Stephanie L Jones

A Piece of Cake - Cupcake Brown

Long Run, Short Catch - Asama Iwuoha

The Melanin Diet - Deanne Meningall

Medical Apartheid - Harriet A Washington

The Black Matrix - Franklin Jones

Free Your Mind - The Investigator

Cultural Genocide - Yosef ben-Jockannan

Truth & Nothing But - Gerald Slater





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