Roundtable Reading List

A list of selected works by the writers mentioned in the Race, Gender, and Generations roundtable.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (2003); Half of a Yellow Sun (2006); Americanah (2013); We Should All Be Feminists (2014).

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter: Lemonade (2016) and other albums.

Charles Blow: Fire Shut Up in My Bones (2014); regular New York Times columns.

Sharon Bourke: see https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/sharon-bourke

Gwendolyn Brooks: Annie Allen (1949); Maud Martha (1953); In the Mecca (1968); Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956).

Cheryl Clarke: Living as a Lesbian (1981); Humid Pitch (1989); After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005); The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry, 1980-2005 (2006); By My Precise Haircut (2016).

Cathy J. Cohen: Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (2013); Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (2015).

W.E.B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Black Reconstruction in America (1935), The Autobiography of W.E. Burghardt DuBois (1968).

Melissa Harris-Perry: Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (2004); Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2011).

bell hooks: Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984); Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black (1989); Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood (1996); Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice (2013).

June Jordan: Fannie Lou Hamer (1972); Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poems, 1954-1977 (1977); Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood (2001); Directed By Desire: The Complete Poems of June Jordan (2005).

Audre Lorde: The Cancer Journals (1980); Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (1983); Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches (1984); The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (1997); I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (2009).

 Rachel Maddow: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (2012); The Rachel Maddow Show, host.

Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye (1970); Sula (1973); Song of Solomon (1977); Beloved (1987); Paradise (1997); God Help the Child (2015).

Stacey Patton: That Mean Old Yesterday (2008); Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America (2017).

Ntozake Shange: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1976); Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo (1982); See No Evil: Prefaces, Essays & Accounts 1976-1983 (1983); Some Sing, Some Cry (2010).

Barbara Smith: Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (2014).

C. Riley Snorton: Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (2014).

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan: Blue Talk & Love: Stories (2015);

Alice Walker: The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970); In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973); Meridian (1976); The Color Purple (1982); In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens (1983); The Temple of My Familiar (1989; Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992); Now Is the Time To Open Your Heart (2004).

Ida B. Wells: Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases (1892); The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States (1895); Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (reprint 1991); To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells, by Mia Bay (2009); Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, by Paula J. Giddings (2009).

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