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Books to Check Out from the Methacton HS Library

African Town

HISTORICAL FICTION: Chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860, African Town is a powerful and stunning novel-in-verse told in 14 distinct voices.

Cool. Awkward. Black

FICTION SHORT STORIES: Real or imaginary, geekdom is where it's at in this multi-genre YA anthology that celebrates "the geek," with stories by some of today's top bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors.

Can't Hurt Me

AUTOBIOGRAPHY: In Can't Hurt Me, David Goggins shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

Ain't Burned All the Bright

POETRY/ART: Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now.

And We Rise

POETRY: This poetry collection walks readers through the Civil Rights Movement from the well-documented events that shaped the nation's treatment of Black people and our nation's centuries-long fight for justice and equality.

Victory. Stand!

GRAPHIC NONFICTION: A groundbreaking graphic memoir from one of the most iconic figures in American sports-and a tribute to his fight for civil rights. Victory. Stand! paints a stirring portrait of an iconic moment in Olympic history that still resonates today.

Black Birds in the Sky

NONFICTION: A searing new work of nonfiction from award-winning author Brandy Colbert about the history and legacy of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history: the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

NONFICTION: A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways we can stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Black Lives Matter (Ebook)

NONFICTION EBOOK: Black Lives Matter covers the shootings that touched off passionate protests, the work of activists to bring about a more just legal system, and the tensions in US society that these events have brought to light.

The Other Black Girl

FICTION: Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

The Black Friend: on Being a Better White Person

NONFICTION: Candid reflections on experiences with racism -- creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.

Black Enough

NONFICTION: Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today--Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it's like to be young and Black in America.

Such a Fun Age

FICTION: A page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. 

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

FICTION: An outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture.

How to Be an Antiracist

NONFICTION: A groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society--and in ourselves.

Getting Away with Murder (Ebook)

NONFICTION EBOOK: Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.

A Phoenix First Must Burn

FICTION: Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. The heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Just Mercy

NONFICTION: Renowned lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom as the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. 

Dear Martin

FICTION: Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 17-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

The Underground Railroad

FICTION: A gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage--and a powerful meditation on the history we all share, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.

The Hate U Give (Ebook)

FICTION EBOOK: Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer. 

We Are Not yet Equal

NONFICTION: Presents the argument that since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, when African Americans make advances toward full participation in our democracy, white reaction feeds deliberate and relentless rollback of their progress.

So You Want to Talk about Race

NONFICTION: A hard-hitting examination of race in America that guides readers of all races in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

X (Ebook)

FICTION: A novel that follows the formative years of Malcolm X, from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

March: Book One

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Congressman John Lewis was an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. March is a vivid, first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

BIOGRAPHY: A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes, Lynda Blackmon Lowery, who fought nonviolently alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. 

Hand in Hand

NONFICTION: Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. 

The Silence of Our Friends

GRAPHIC NOVEL: As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families-one white, one black-find common ground. This semi-autobiographical graphic novel is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights.

Heroes for Civil Rights

PICTURE BOOK: These brave men and women fought to advance social justice. David A. Adler's moving biographies and Bill Farnsworth's evocative paintings honor these Americans who risked their own lives so that others could enjoy their rights.

African American Art (Ebook)

NONFICTION EBOOK: A visual celebration of African American art from its beginnings in Colonial America up to the present, from the early folk art to contemporary prints, paintings, and sculptures.

Blood Brother (Ebook)

NONFICTION: Examines the life of Jonathan Daniels, a little-known civil rights activist, from his childhood in New Hampshire through his tumultuous college years and his bold entry into the realm of social justice.

A Raison in the Sun (Ebook)

DRAMA: A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a middle-class African American family living on Chicago's Southside in the 1950s.

Stolen Justice

NONFICTION: A thrilling and incisive examination of the post-Reconstruction era struggle for and suppression of African American voting rights in the United States.

Roots (Ebook)

NONFICTION EBOOK: A black American traces his family's origins back to the African who was brought to America as a slave in 1767.

Harriet Tubman

BIOGRAPHY: Recreates the life of escaped slave Harriet Tubman, portraying her life as a slave, lumberjack, laundress, raid leader, nurse, Underground Railroad organizer, and abolitionist.

Black Like Me

AUTOBIOGRAPHY EBOOK: Presents the true story of journalist John Howard Griffin who, in the 1950s, had his skin medically darkened and traveled through the Deep South in order to experience firsthand the cruelty and injustice of segregation.

Borrowing Books from the Library

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Must-see Videos

CRASH COURSE BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY VIDEO SERIES: A 51-episode series that features the experiences of Black people in America, from the arrival of the first enslaved Black people who arrived at Jamestown all the way to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The History Channel Celebrates Black History Month: a 65-video series covering decades of Black American history

NASA Black History Month Employee Profile - Matthew Bailey

VIDEO (3:04)  March on Washington in Photographs from the National Archive

VIDEO (16:27) Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech (also transcribed).

Black History Online Resources

Gale Literature Resource Center's Literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Password: methacton

Google Arts and Culture collaborates with more than 80 American museums to allow you to explore the history, arts and culture of Black experience in the United States.

Gale's Black History Month resources, featuring images, videos, articles, primary sources, and more. Password: methacton

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: A Selection of Primary Sources from ProQuest.

Virtual Books: Open the slide, then click on each book cover to hear a read aloud of great African American picture books.

Resources from World Book Online