Intro to Political Liberation Reading List

1531680_522983234467062_1285373759_nGreetings everyone,  I have been getting a lot of emails & questions from hordes of people about what books to read in regards to political liberation.  Below I have compiled a list of readings separated by topic.  This is an introductory reading list so it does not have everything BUT it provides some CORE books that are AMAZING starting points.  Below is a nice little list that I put together & I hope everyone can benefit from it.  If you have any awesome pieces of literature on political liberation to suggest leave a comment below!!!




Anti-Racism & Pan Africanism:

Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Consciencism by Kwame Nkrumah****

Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism by Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Racial Justice by Paul Kivel

Education for Critical Consciousness by Paulo Freire

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

RACE: Are We So Different? By Alan Goodman, Yolanda Moses, & Joseph Jones

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks1014209_1416322431926106_1720550462_n

Teaching Community by bell hooks

Class Struggle in Africa by Kwame Nkrumah

Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare by Kwame Nkrumah

Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky

To Die for the People by Huey Newton

The African Dream by Che Guevara

Africa Must Unite by Kwame Nkrumah

Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara

Teaching Critical Thinking by bell hooks

We Are Heirs to the World’s Revolutions by Thomas Sankara

Black Liberation & Socialism by Ahmed Shawki

Poor People’s Movements by Frances Fox Piven


The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe

Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

An Indigenous People’s History of the US by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Pre-Colonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop

Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop

Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass by Douglas Massey & Nancy Denton

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson

Fear Itself by Ira Katznelson

Racial Formation In The United States (3rd Edition) by Michael Omi &  Howard Winant

Capitalism & Slavery by Eric Williams

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

The World & Africa by W.E.B. Du Bois

A History of Pan African Revolt by C.L.R. James

Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution by Hugo Chavez

A Poetics of Resistance by Jeff Conant

The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen


Black Feminism:

Black Macho & The Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Black Sexual Politics by Dr. Patricia Hill-Collins

Black Feminist Though by Dr. Patricia Hill-Collins

All About Love by bell hooks

Communion by bell hooks

Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics by Joy Jamestumblr_mlruweCk8k1qj2dq8o1_500

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur


Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by Dr. Shorter-Gooden & Charisse Jones

The Invention of Women by Oyeronke Oyewumi

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC by Faith Holsaert

At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire

Women’s Liberation & the African Freedom Struggle by Thomas Sankara

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Rock My Soul: Black People & Self Esteem by bell hooks

Sisters Of The Yam by bell hooks

Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, & Black Feminist Theories Of The Human by Alexander G. Weheliye

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