Our library of booksdeveloped to challenge readers, and
help them grow to higher reading levels
celebrates the
richness of African American history and culture.

Featured Book: A Letter from a Birmingham Jail

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, King explains the strategy of nonviolent resistance and captures the essence of his teachings on equality which were not only important at the time, but continue to be important lessons for future generations. 

2th Grade Reading Level

You don’t like the protests that are happening in Birmingham. But I’m sad to say you don’t understand why the protests in Birmingham are happening. You should not be happy knowing only the effects the protests have had, and not what caused the protests in the first place. It is terrible that protests are happening in Birmingham.

6th Grade Reading Level

You object to the protests taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry to say that your statement fails to recognize the conditions that caused the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to sit by and assume you've understood the problem as a whole, when the only things you're acknowledging are effects and not causes.

8th Grade Reading Level

You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.

Books by Category

Check out This month books by category! 


Fearless Justice

Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. including his rise as a Civil Rights activist and leader......

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The Line Of Freedom

Biography of Harriet Tubman, a former slave who helped hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad

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The Unforgettable Fire

Biography of Malcolm X, a Civil Rights leader whose view was alternative to mainstream, nonviolent integration

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Jackie Robinson

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major Leauge Baseball


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Primary Source Documents

Letter From a Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous letter from jail encouraging the nonviolent protest of unjust laws....

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What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?

This historic speech by former slave Frederick Douglass urges the United States to abolish slavery

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My Escape From Slavery

The story of Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery written in his own words

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History & Social Studies

A History of Hip-Hop

Explores how hip-hop evolved not only as a musical genre but as a social movement in recent decades


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How The Greatest Flood In U.S. History Changed Music Forever

Explores how a natural disaster ultimately influenced the course of American music

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Folktales from Africa & Diaspora

Anansi and the Tiger

Afro-Caribbean folktale about a weak but smart spider who teaches a strong tiger a lesson about bullying

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Jabu and the Lion

African folktale about the importance of trust, promises, and the relationship between humans and animals

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The Tortoise and the Fruit

In this African folktale, an old turtle must defeat an evil witch in order to save the animals from starvation

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The Truth About Race: Its Not What It Looks Like

Investigates the science behind "race" and discredits this misguided and outdated classification system

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