The following books have been recommended by local libraries, museums and schools for reading during Black History Month.
On the junior high through adult reading level:
"Adam By Adam," by Adam Clayton Powell, Dial, 1971.
"The African Background Outlined, Or Handbook for the Study of the Negro," by Carter G. Woodson. Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1936.
"The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man," by James Weldon Johnson. Kropf, 1970 (ninth printing).
"Barbara Jordan," by James Haskins. Dial. 1977.
"Before the Mayflower," by Lerone Bennett Jr. Penguin Books, 1961.
"Black Folk Then and Now: An Essay in the History and Sociology of the Negro Race," by W. E. B. DuBois. Holt, 1939.
"Daddy King," by the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. William Munroy and Co., 1980.
"Drylongso," by John Langston Gwaltney. Random House, 1980.
"From Slavery to Freedom," by John Hope Franklin. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1967.
"Getting It Together: Black Businessmen in America," by John Seder. Harcourt, 1971.
"I Know Way the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou. Random House, 1969.
"Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison. Random House, 1952.
"Jubilee," by Margaret Walker. Houghton Mifflin, 1966.
"The Myth of the Negro Past," by Melville J. Herskovitz. Peter Smith, 1970 (reprint of the 1941 original published by Harper).
"The Negro in the United States," by Edward Franklin Frazier. Macmillan, 1957.
"Out of Africa: From Ancient African Kingdoms to Colonization," by Louise Daniel Hutchinson. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979.
"They Came Before Columbus," by Iban Van Sertima. Random House, 1976.
"Together' Black Women," by Inez Smith Reid. Emerson Hall, 1972.
"Up From Slavery," by Booker T. Washington. Bantam, 1963 (reprint of the 1901 original).
On the elementary, intermediate and above level:
"Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folk Tales and How They Came to Be," by William J. Faulkner. Follett, 1977.
"Frederick Douglass, Slave, Fighter, Freeman," by Arna Bontemps. Knops, 1959.
"Great Negroes, Past and Present," by Russell L. Adams. Afro-American, 1964.
"James Weldon Johnson," by Ophelia Egypt. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1974.
"John Brown Russwurm: The Story of Freedom's Journey," by Mary Sagarin. Lothrop, 1970.
"Matthew Henson, Arctic Hero," by Sheldon N. Ripley, Houghton, 1966.
"One Day, Levin . . . He Be Free; William Still and the Underground Railroad," by Lurey Kahn. Dutton, 1972.
"Paul Cuffee, America's First Black Captain," by Johanna Johnston. Dod Nead, 1970.
"Spin A Soft Black Song; Poems for Children," by Nikki Giovanni. Hill and Wang, 1971.
"Talk About A Family," by Eloise Greenfield. Scholastic Book Services, 1978.
On the pre-school level:
"Africa Dream," by Eloise Greenfield. John Day, 1977.
"Big Sister Tells Me That I'm Black," by Arnold Adoff. Holt, 1976.