Ten Best Black Books of 2014 and More!

The 10 Best Black Books of 2014:

Top choice in the top ten best black books for 2014 is Justice While Black, a must-read for every young black male in America, and for anyone who cares about their survival and well-being. Justice While Black is an essential guide for African-American families who want to understand the criminal justice system, and discover why that system continues to see black men as targets – and as dollar signs.

1. Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate

and Survive the Criminal Justice System

by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles

2. An Obama’s Journey: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery across Three Cultures

by Mark Obama Ndesandjo

3. Who We Be: The Colorization of America

by Jeff Chang

4. Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black

by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC)

Foreword by Alfre Woodard

5. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

by Misty Copeland

6. One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

by Dr. Ben Carson and Candy Carson

7. Finding Your Roots

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

8. What the Word Be: Why Black English Is the King’s (James) English

by Diane Proctor Reeder

9. Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year

by Tavis Smiley

with David Ritz

10. Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change

by Clarence Page

Honorable Mention

1. Why Vegan is the New Black

By Deborrah Cooper

2. The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice

By Dr. Artika R. Tyner

3. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

By Bryan Stevenson

4. Stokely: A Life

By Peniel E. Joseph

5. Brown Girl Dreaming

By Jacqueline Woodson

6. The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

By Ida B. Wells

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Mia Bay

General Editor: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

7. The Rise

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

By Sarah Lewis

8. Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

by Russell Simmons

9. The Imperfect Marriage

Help for Those Who Think It’s Over

By Darryl and Tracy Strawberry

10. Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True StoryA… and Why It Matters Today

By Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

11. Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy

Mother, and Still Came out Smiling (with Great Hair)

By Rosie Perez

12. The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century

Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen

13. Black and White: The Way I See It

By Richard Williams

13. Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential

by Daniel Beaty

14. Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

By Bill T. Jones

15. Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America

By Sheryll Cashin

16. Old School Adventures from Englewood-South Side of Chicago

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen

17. The Man from Essence

By Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards

Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

18. Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival

by Wayne Pharr

19. Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

By Maya Angelou

20. Cosby: His Life and Times

By Mark Whitaker

21. A Black Gambler’s World of Liquor, Vice and Presidential Politics: William

Thomas Scott of Illinois, 1839-1917

By Bruce L. Mouser

Foreword by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

22. The Myth of Race, The Reality of Racism

by Mahmoud El-Kati

23. Our Ancestors, Our Stories

By Harris Bailey, Jr., Bernice Alexander Bennett, Ellen LeVonne Butler, Ethel Dailey, Vincent Sheppard and Dr. Orville Vernon Burton

24. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs

By Pearl Cleage

25. Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community

by Daya Devi-Doolin

26. How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

By John Hope Bryant

Foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young

27. The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream

By Brian E. Moran, Esq.

28. Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir

By Elizabeth Nunez

29. This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

By Charles E. Cobb, Jr.

30. America’s Music: Jazz in Newark

By Barbara Kukla

31. 240 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap: Teachers Only Workbook (Vol. 2)

By M. Donnell Tenner, Joy Gay and Dr. Marti Dryk

32. Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

By Nika C. Beamon

33. Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

By Robin Bernstein

34. Guiou: The Other Blacks – The Afro-Jamaican Presence in Guatemala

by Gloria J. Arnold

35. Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some

By Peter Mathews

36. Pageants, Parlors & Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the 20th Century South

By Blain Roberts

37. Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir

By Toni Braxton

39. Thirty-Three Days of Praise: Seeing the Good in Cancer

By Karrie Marchbanks

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