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The Ten Best Books by Black Authors of 2014

Kam Williams | 12/23/2014, 7:20 p.m.
Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System by Robbin Shipp, Esq. and Nick Chiles
  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

Why Vegan is the New Black by Deborrah Cooper

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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.

The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis

Success through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons

The Imperfect Marriage Help for Those Who Think It’s Over by Darryl and Tracy Strawberry

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story… and Why It Matters Today by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus

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

The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century Edited by Dinesh Sharma and Uwe P. Gielen

Black and White: The Way I See It by Richard Williams

Transforming Pain to Power: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential by Daniel Beaty

Story/Time: The Life of an Idea by Bill T. Jones

Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin

Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

The Man from Essence by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival by Wayne Pharr

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

Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker

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.

The Myth of Race, The Reality of Racism by Mahmoud El-Kati

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

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs by Pearl Cleage