Join Penguin Random House Library Marketing for Black History Month by celebrating, elevating, and amplifying Black voices. View our list of featured titles below, or check out the full collection on Edelweiss.


You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke & Brené Brown

Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching–vulnerability and shame resilience. Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more.

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My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption  by Ian Manuel; Foreward by Bryan Stevenson

“My story has been told many times and by highly regarded experts in their fields—judges, prosecutors, juvenile probation officers, sociologists, journalists. But I would like to try to tell it to you myself. I have reason to believe the experts may be wrong about me. You see, today, thirty years later, I am neither in prison nor dead.” —from My Time Will Come

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib

From Hanif Abdurraqib, the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain, comes a stirring meditation on the modes of black performance in America.

“Whether heralding unsung entertainers or reexamining legends, Hanif Abdurraqib weaves together gorgeous essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within Black performance. I read this book breathlessly.” —Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half

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The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth

The definitive, newsbreaking account of the reopened investigation into the Tulsa Race Massacre and its aftermath.

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The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African-American experience, a powerful new history of the Black church in America as the Black community’s abiding rock and its fortress.

The companion book to the upcoming PBS series. Read more here.

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The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement by V. P. Franklin

An authoritative history of the overlooked youth activists that spearheaded the largest protests of the Civil Rights Movement and set the blueprint for future generations of activists to follow.

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