This list shares the lives of many Black women who paved the way for future firsts, and who struggled against barriers to succeed as athletes, judges, activists, mathematicians, performers, poets, and politicians.

Explore everything the Library has to offer for Black History Month, and discover more recommended reads with the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List.

Some of these titles are also available in accessible formats including talking books (DB), braille (BR), and through Bookshare (BK), as indicated below. See The New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Library for more information.