SSAAM Bookshelf

"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read" 
- Mary McLeod Bethune

Explore SSAAM's recommended books on African American history, music, literature, and other topics. These books are read and recommended by the museum's Board members, staff, and affiliated. Click on a thumbnail below to view the book on Amazon.

Find other reading lists at:

 

New York Public Library: Guide to resources related to independent Black bookstores

Schomburg's Black Liberation List for Young Readers: Essential titles on Black history and culture, selected by the Schomburg Center

The Conscious Kid: Organization dedicated to equity and promoting positive racial identity development in youth.

Written by SSAAM Board & Staff

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African Americans in New Jersey

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Biographies & Autobiographies

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18th-century America

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Slavery & Abolitionism

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Civil War & Reconstruction

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Post-Reconstruction & Civil Rights

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Jim Crow & the Ku Klux Klan

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The Modern South

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African Americans in the Military

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Modern African American Issues

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Literature & Culture

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Books for Young People