#BlackLivesMatter: A Bibliography for the Revolution



We, at Black Lives Matter Nashville, believe we are in the midst of a revolutionary movement for black lives. We believe we are at war with systems in this country and world that demean and undermine the humanity of black people–namely, white supremacy, patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, capitalism, and imperialism. Thus, we believe in arming ourselves for the war. And we believe there’s no better way to arm ourselves than with books. We’ve compiled arolling bibliography of books that have been helpful for us while we conceptualize and navigate this movement. It’s rolling because there’s always more to add. Please submit more books, documentaries, links, and resources that have shaped and impacted you to blacklivesmatternashville@gmail.com.

Mass Incarceration

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

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture by Angela Davis

Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon


Negroes With Guns by Robert F. Williams

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision by Barbara Ransby

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC by Faith S. Holsaert

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis

A Taste of Power:  A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson by Jo Ann Robinson

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton

Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph

Ready for the Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) by Stokely Carmichael

Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis, with Michael D’Orso

Movement Histories

Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms by Nicolas Johnson

We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement by Akinyele Umoja

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possibleby Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movementby Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin

Waiting ‘Till the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel Joseph

Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South, 1940-1980 by Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire

Black Against Empire: THe History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson

Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle by Komozi Woodard

In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson

The Children by David Halberstam

Christopher Columbus and the African Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke

They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima


The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 by Goran Olsson

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Angela Davis on ViolenceConcerning Violence


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Black Power and Black Theology by James Cone

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

All About Love: New Vision by bell hooks

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks

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

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

New Black Man by Mark Anthony Neal

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon

Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-AMerican Writing edited by LeRoi Jones and Larry Neal


Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown Meridian by Alice Walker

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