The Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List

Throughout its history, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. The Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List, created in response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, includes books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward.

Most of them are available digitally for free via The New York Public Library’s free e-reader app, SimplyE, available for iOS and Android. Many are also available from The Schomburg Shop, along with a dedicated array of books and materials chronicling global Black culture.