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60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326

Monday: 10 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

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Discover Black History

The following books were compiled by Division Librarians of the Akron-Summit County Public Library

Business & Government Division

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Carol Anderson

The Fire This Time [eBook]: A New Generation Speaks About Race
Jesmyn Ward, Editor

The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea
Christopher Lebron

Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance
Mark Whitaker

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
Jeanne Theoharis

Caring for Equality: A History of African American Health and Healthcare
David McBride

We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel
Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, Marjory Wentworth

Diane Brady

The Lost Eleven: The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II
Denise George

Black Tudors: The Untold Story
Miranda Kaufmann

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
Shomari Wills

The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
Elizabeth Taylor

Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army
Eugene Meyer

For Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England
Allegra di Bonaventura

The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers & the Struggle for Equality
Anna-Lisa Cox

Children’s Library

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Javaka Steptoe

Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away
Erica Dunbar

Super Soaker inventor Lonnie Johnson
Heather Schwartz

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library
Carole Weatherford

Let the Children March
Monica Clark-Robinson

Henry's Freedom Box
Ellen Levine

Freedom in Congo Square
Carole Boston Weatherford

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Jonah Winter

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
Ashley Bryan

In The Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
Kenneth C. Davis

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Vashti Harrison

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers
Tanya Lee Stone

I Like My Brown Skin Because...: Celebrating the Heritage of African American Children
Julia Davis

A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events that Shaped our Country
Jabari Asim

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
Sally Walker 

Culture & Audiovisual Division

Arthur Ashe: A Life
Raymond Arsenault

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
David W. Blight

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Imani Perry

Becoming [large print]
Michelle Obama

My Love Story
Tina Turner

Universal Pictures

Black Panther
Marvel Studios

Green Book
Universal Pictures

If Beale Street Could Talk
Annapurna Pictures

Sorry to Bother You
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Whose Streets?
Magnolia Pictures

Both Directions At Once – The Lost Album
John Coltrane

Black Panther: The Album: Music From and Inspired By
Kendrick Lamar

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Science & Technology Division

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Kevin Young

The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox
Gerald Horne

Fighting for Freedom: Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Southern Folk Medicine: Healing Traditions from the Appalachian Fields and Forests
Phyllis Light

We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program
Richard Paul

Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions
Valerie Frey

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas
Adrian Miller

Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine
Kelley Deetz

The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today
Dave Hoekstra

Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
Albert Lukas

The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Michael Twitty

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
John Edge

Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration
Carla Hall

Hair Therapy: Cures for Growing Your Beautiful Natural Hair
Tiffany Anderson

My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children
Denene Millner

Special Collections Division

The Special Collections Division offers a two-hour class for genealogy beginners who have a specific interest in African American ancestral research. All Special Collections classes are free.

Summit Memory makes digital collections available with the intention that they be used for nonprofit educational, research or personal use.

Digitized issues of The Reporter, Akron’s African American newspaper since 1969, are available online at Ohio Memory. Researchers can search for names, places, and events. Ohio Memory is a project of Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio.

Digitized issues of The Reporter, Akron’s African American newspaper since 1969, are available online at Ohio Memory. The digitization project was made possible in part by the Dick and Chris Chenoweth Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. Researchers can search for names, places, and events. Ohio Memory is a project of Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio.

Black Indian Slave Narratives

Black Property Owners in the South, 1790-1915
Loren Schweninger

African Creeks: Estelvste and the Creek Nation
Gary Zellar

The Freedmen's Bureau: Reconstructing the American South after the Civil War
Paul A. Cimbala

African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens
Celia E. Naylor

Akron (Arcadia Black America Series)
Abel A. Bartley

African Americans on the Western Frontier

Teen Division

Dream Country
Shannon Gibney

Strange Fruit. Volume I, Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
Joel Christian Gill

Strange Fruit Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
Joel Christian Gill

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
Patricia Powell

The Black Lives Matter Movement
Peggy Parks

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide
Carol Anderson

Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961
Larry Dane Brimner

Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade
Heather Schwartz

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Dashka Slater

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
Marc Aronson

Now or Never!: 54th Massachusetts Infantry's War to End Slavery
Ray Shepard