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Black Voices

Welcome to Black Voices, a captivating collection that amplifies the diverse and powerful voices of the Black community. Within these pages, you will discover a multitude of literary treasures that reflect the vast range of experiences, perspectives, and narratives that shape our collective story.

So many great selections await you that it may seem overwhelming to know where to begin. But fear not, for as an old African proverb wisely advises, "How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time," the elder responds. We encourage you to embark on this literary journey, savoring each morsel of knowledge, insight, and inspiration.

For those of you with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and literature, feel free to take two or three bites. Allow yourself to indulge in the richness of these powerful narratives, for they have the potential to nourish your mind, awaken your empathy, and spark transformative conversations.

Our collection embraces a vast array of genres, from fiction and poetry to memoirs, essays, and scholarly works. It features both established voices and emerging talents, ensuring a diverse tapestry of perspectives that capture the essence of the Black experience.

As you navigate through this literary feast, our search feature is here to guide you, helping you uncover titles and authors that align with your interests and desires. Embrace the journey of exploration, and remember that each book is a gateway to new insights, new emotions, and new connections.

Welcome to the Black Dot Cultural Center, where Black Voices resound with power and resonance. Dive into our collection, embrace the wisdom of the elders, and savor the flavors of literary excellence. Take your time, devour each bite, and allow the transformative power of these voices to nourish your soul.

Claudia Tate (Editor)
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A critical collection of conversations with Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones and other Black women writers that changed the scope of Black literature in the 20th century and beyond. ... Read More about
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Toni Cade Bambara (Editor)
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A collection of early, emerging works from some of the most celebrated African American female writers who remain strong when the weight of a world filled with racism and gender discrimination wants to drag them down. When it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an ast ... Read More about
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Alain Locke
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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer edits a collection of Alain Locke's influential essays on the importance of the Black artist and the Black imagination A Penguin Classic For months, the philosopher Alain Locke wrestled with the idea of the Negro as America's most vexing problem. He asked how shall ... Read More about
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John Henrik Clarke (Editor)
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The success of John Henrik Clarke's American Negro Short Stories, first published in 1966, affirmed the vitality and importance of black fiction. Now this expanded edition of that best-selling book, with a new title, offers the reader thirty-one stories included in the original—from Charles W. Chesn ... Read More about
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Langston Hughes
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A classic anthology of short stories by Black writers including James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright -- edited and with an introduction by Langston Hughes.  Originally published in 1967, The Best Short Stories by Black Writers offers a timeless and unforgettable portrait of the trag ... Read More about
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Paul Edwards (Editor)
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Extracts from the work of 19 Afro-British, Black American, and Caribbean writers who spent time in Britain during the period. They are drawn from autobiographies, slave narratives, unpublished letters, oral accounts, and public records. Includes a general introduction and an introduction to each wri ... Read More about
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Benjamin Griffith Brawley (Editor)
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This collection of the most interesting and important Negro American writings up to the close of the Civil War is of both literary and social interest, being a contribution to the history of the Negro as well as a literary work. In preparing the biographical and critical sketches, the editor has sho ... Read More about
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This unique volume provides each writers reflection on her work, an evaluation of that writer by two perceptive critics, and detailed biographical and bibliographical data.  Included are Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and ten other outstanding writers. ... Read More about
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Marcus Garvey
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One of the most important and controversial figures in the history of race relations in America and the world at large, Marcus Garvey was the first great black orator of the twentieth century. The Jamaican-born African-American rights advocated dismayed his enemies as much as he dazzled his admirers ... Read More about
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Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Genevieve West
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A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK FROM: Oprah Daily, Business Insider, Marie Claire, The Seattle Times, Lit Hub, Bustle, and New York Magazine’s Vulture Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, ... Read More about
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From “one of the greatest writers of our time” (Toni Morrison)—the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God—a collection of remarkable stories, including eight “lost” Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time. New York Times’ Books to Watch for Buzzfee ... Read More about
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Zora Neale Hurston
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This collection of Zora Neale Hurston’s complete stories provides a window into the evolution of one of the most important African American writers. This edition has been repackaged as a modern classic with a new cover and a P.S. section which includes insights, interviews, and more. This landmark g ... Read More about
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The definitive sampling of a writer whose poems were “at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance and of modernism itself, and today are fundamentals of American culture” (OPRAH Magazine). Here, for the first time, are all the poems that Langston Hughes published during his lifetime, arranged in the ... Read More about
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Nikki Giovanni
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From one of America's most cherished and celebrated poets, a landmark collection of Nikki Giovanni's early work!  “Nikki Giovanni is one of our national treasures.”—Gloria Naylor When Nikki Giovanni’s poems first emerged during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, she immediately took a place among ... Read More about
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Not only one of the last of over one hundred slave narratives published separately before the Civil War, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) is also one of the few existing narratives written by a woman. It offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as ... Read More about
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Ms. Charisse Jones, Kumea Shorter-Gooden
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“Always moving, at times haunting, and often inspirational, Shifting provides a richly textured look at the lives of Black women. Jones and Shorter-Gooden poignantly portray the day-to-day challenges and triumphs of ‘sisters’ at work, in relationships, and in their spiritual lives.” — Bebe Moore Cam ... Read More about
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Elaine Brown
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"Profound, funny ...  wild and moving ... heartbreaking accounts of a lonely black childhood.... Brown sees racial oppression in national and global context; every political word she writes pounds home a lesson about commerce, money, racism, communism, you name it ... A glowing achievement.” —Los An ... Read More about
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Tupac Shakur
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Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete. His talent was unbounded a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic—a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is in ... Read More about
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The classic collection of major speeches, now bundled with an audio download of Malcolm X delivering two of them. Malcolm X remains a touchstone figure for black America and in American culture at large. He gave African Americans not only their consciousness but their history, dignity, and a new pr ... Read More about
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An essential compendium of James Baldwin’s most powerful nonfiction work, calling on us “to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country.” Personal and prophetic, these essays uncover what it means to live in a racist American society with insights that feel as fresh today as they did over the ... Read More about
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From one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century—a collection of essays, articles, reviews, and interviews that have never before been gathered in a single volume. “An absorbing portrait of Baldwin’s time—and of him.” —New York Review of Books James Baldwin was an ... Read More about
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James Baldwin
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All of the published poetry of James Baldwin, including six significant poems previously only available in a limited edition  During his lifetime (1924–1987), James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, which were published to wide-spread praise. These books, ... Read More about
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Octavia E. Butler
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This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times). When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, Californ ... Read More about
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Octavia E. Butler
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Parable of the Sower and MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Nebula, and Hugo award winner The visionary time-travel classic whose Black female hero is pulled through time to face the horrors of American slavery and explores the impacts of racism, sexism, and whi ... Read More about
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Octavia E. Butler
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The complete Patternist series-the acclaimed science fiction epic of a world transformed by a secret race of telepaths and their devastating rise to power. In the late seventeenth century, two immortals meet in an African forest. Anyanwu is a healer, a three-hundred-year-old woman who uses her wisd ... Read More about
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Vanessa Riley
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ONE OF USA TODAY'S "BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER!" Acclaimed author of Island Queen Vanessa Riley brings readers a vivid, sweeping novel of the Haitian Revolution based on the true-life stories of two extraordinary women: the first Empress of Haiti, Marie-Claire Bonheur, and Gran Toya, a West African-born w ... Read More about
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Alice Walker
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Read the original inspiration for the new, boldly reimagined film from producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, starring Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, and Fantasia Barrino. Celebrating its fortieth anniversary, The Color Purple writes a message of healing, forgiveness, self-discovery, and ... Read More about
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From National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker and edited by critic and writer Valerie Boyd, comes an unprecedented compilation of Walker’s fifty years of journals drawing an intimate portrait of her development over five decades as an artist, human rights and women’s activi ... Read More about
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Colson Whitehead
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This debut novel by the two time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. It is a time o ... Read More about
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Although psychoanalytic theory is one of the most potent and influential tools in contemporary literary criticism, to date it has had very little impact on the study of African American literature. Critical methods from the disciplines of history, sociology, and cultural studies have dominated work ... Read More about
The Andersons have committed themselves to a 20-year struggle to address wrongs that Denise suffered while employed at GM. Hired in 1982, under the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, a predecessor of the 1990 ADA, she suffered an on-the-job injury, but was disallowed to return to work after her medical releas ... Read More about
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I met Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems in D. C. at the National Ford Annual Conference in 1987. She was one of the plenary speakers, rendering a most eloquent and engaging slide presentation on her groundbreaking thesis of Till as catalyst of the civil rights movement. It was astounding; I remember it as th ... Read More about
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Clenora Hudson-Weems
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First published in 1993, this is a new edition of the classic text in which Clenora Hudson-Weems sets out a paradigm for women of African descent. Examining the status, struggles and experiences of the Africana woman forced into exile in Europe, Latin America, the United States or at Home in Africa, ... Read More about
ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME • This suspenseful novel portrays a community--and a family--under siege, during the shocking string of murders of black children in Atlanta in the early 1980s. Written over a span of twelve years, and edited by Toni Morrison, ... Read More about
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Edited and with a Preface by Toni Morrison, this posthumous collection of short stories, essays, and interviews offers lasting evidence of Bambara's passion, lyricism, and tough critical intelligence. Included are tales of mothers and daughters, rebels and seeresses, community activists and aging ga ... Read More about
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Toni Cade Bambara
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Fifteen unforgettable short stories from an essential author of African American fiction gives us compelling portraits of a wide range of unforgettable characters, from sassy children to cunning old men, from uptown New York to rural North Carolina. "Bambara grabs you by the throat ... she dazzles, ... Read More about
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Toni Cade Bambara
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A community of Black faith healers witness an event that will change their lives forever in this "hard-nosed, wise, funny" novel (Los Angeles Times).  Set in a fictional city in the American South, the novel also "inhabits the nonlinear, sacred space and sacred time of traditional African religion” ... Read More about
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A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present Across a turbulent history, from such vital centers as Harlem, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, Black poets created a rich a ... Read More about
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Bruce A. Glasrud (Editor)
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The African American Experience in Texas collects for the first time the finest historical research and writing on African Americans in Texas. Covering the time period between 1820 and the late 1970s, the selections highlight the significant role that black Texans played in the development of the st ... Read More about
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Emmanuel Anaman
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Presenting a diverse and dazzling collection from all over the continent, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, Uganda to Kenya. Helon Habila focuses on younger, newer writers - contrasted with some of their older, more established peers - to give a fascinating picture of a new and more liberated Africa. These ... Read More about
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Helon Habila
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“The new generation of twenty-first-century African writers have now come of age. Without a doubt Habila is one of the best.”—Emmanuel Dongala In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, the wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped. Two journalists—a young upstart, Rufus ... Read More about
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Arnold Rampersad (Editor)
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For over two centuries, black poets have created verse that captures the sorrows, joys, and triumphs of the African-American experience. Reflecting their variety of visions and styles, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry aims to offer nothing less than a definitive literary portrait of a ... Read More about
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Ama Ata Aidoo
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Esi decides to divorce after enduring yet another morning's marital rape. Though her friends and family remain baffled by her decision (after all, he doesn't beat her ), Esi holds fast. When she falls in love with a married man--wealthy, and able to arrange a polygamous marriage--the modern woman fi ... Read More about
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Ama Ata Aidoo is one of the best-known African writers today. Spanning three decades of work, the poems in this collection address themes of colonialism, independence, motherhood, and gender in intimate, personal ways alongside commentary on broader social issues. After the Ceremonies is arranged in ... Read More about
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Sherry Shenoda
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2023 American Book Award 2022 Longlist for the National Book Awards Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Sherry Shenoda’s collection Mummy Eaters follows in the footsteps of an imagined ancestor, one of the daughters of the house of Akhenaten in the Eighteenth Dynasty, Egypt. ... Read More about
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