African American Collection

The Finkelstein Memorial Library collects materials, in a variety of popular formats, which support its function as an information source for the needs of a diverse population. The collection also serves the popular and recreational needs of the general public, and reflects the cultural diversity of the community.

The African American Collection is a collection of materials highlighting the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in the United States, and in the world. It contains materials that highlight the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural life of African Americans. Some representative titles are listed below.

Urban Fiction
There is also a separate collection of "Urban Fiction" located on the second floor of the library featuring best-selling authors like Omar Tyree and Sister Souljah. Please see a librarian for details.


Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

by Toni Morrison

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X

The Souls of Black Folk (Everyman's Library)
by W.E.B. Du Bois

For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange

The Women of Brewster Place
by Gloria Naylor

Native Son
by Richard Wright

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry


by Sapphire

by Octavia E. Butler

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

Black Boy
by Richard Wright

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
by James Weldon Johnson

Coming of Age in Mississippi
by Anne Moody


The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin

When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America
by Paula J. Giddings

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans
by John Hope Franklin

by Toni Morrison

Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin

Book jacket

The Known World
by Edward P. Jones

Breath, Eyes, Memory
by Edwidge Danticat

Soul on Ice
by Eldridge Cleaver

The Long Dream
by Richard Wright

Book jacket

Cane River
by Lalita Tademy

Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity
by Ytasha L. Womack

There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America
by Vincent Harding

Betsey Brown
by Ntozake Shange


The mis-education of the Negro
by Carter G. Woodson

by Jean Toomer

by Percival Everett

Another Country
by James Baldwin


The Outsider
by Richard Wright

Gorilla, My Love
by Toni Cade Bambara

Who is Black?: One Nation's Definition
by F. James Davis

The Cancer Journals
by Audre Lorde

Kaiso!: Writings by and about Katherine Dunham
by Veve A. Clark (Editor)

Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
by Melba Pattillo Beals

Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman's Guide to Truth
by Pearl Cleage

A Wreath for Emmett Till
by Marilyn Nelson

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