Battle for the Books Prize

These are just a few of the autographed books that will go to the library of the HBCU institution garnering the most downloads in the Battle for the Books!


2020: The Year that Changed America

Blogs/essays, poetry, fiction, journal entries, edited by Kevin Powell's Writing Workshop

Yeah, I Said It, I Don't Give a D.A.M.N.

Chanae Jackson highlights and re-educates her readers about the detrimental effects of complacency while waiting for change.

Ida B. The Queen

Ida B. The Queen

Written by Wells's great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this book is a unique celebration of Wells's life, and of the Black experience.

Class Interruptions

Class Interruptions

Author Robin Brooks offers compelling new insight on literary portrayals of class inequalities and division in African diasporic women's fiction.

Black Women's Yoga History

Stephanie Y. Evans examines how Black women elders have managed stress, and the self-care practices that have roots in African traditions.

Spare the Kids

Spare the Kids

Weaving together race, religion, history, and other disciplines, Stacey Patton connects what happens at home to what happens in the streets in a way that is deeply sobering.

Death, With Occasional Smiling

Tony Medina's book of poems "is full of odes and elegies for young black men who've ... succumbed to a violent America." (Pamela Sneed)



In this book, Jaimie Milner features images, full-length interviews, and thought-provoking perspectives that showcase the voice of Black men today.

Race, Gender & Citizenship in the African Diaspora

Manoucheka Celeste examines stratified immigrant experiences, diverse Black experiences, and the intersection of Black and immigrant identities.

The Color of Crime

The Color of Crime

Katheryn Russell-Brown explores the tacit and subtle ways that crime is systematically linked to people of color. This third edition includes three new chapters and other timely updates.

Mary McLeon Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida

Ashley N. Robertson explores the life, leadership, and amazing contributions of this dynamic activist to the political climate of Florida.

An African American and Latinx History of the US

Paul Oritz's book reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the US today.

Homegirls and Hand Grenades

Homegirls and Handgrenades

This collection of poetry from noted poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez won the American Book Award in 1985.

My Brown Baby

In a series of essays, parenting expert and New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner offers perspectives on issues from birthing while Black to negotiating discipline to preparing children for racism.

African Americans & the Culture of Pain

African Americans and the Culture of Pain

Drawing on a variety of sources, Debra Walker King considers how the black body in pain functions as a rhetorical device and as political strategy.

Complete Collection of Denene Millner Books

This set of 16 children's books celebrate the everyday humanity of Black children and families.

Yvonne Ferguson Artwork

Original work by award-winning artist Yvonne Ferguson. Among other projects and gallery shows, Ferguson has painted murals of Nina Simone and Donald King for the City of Gainesville. (Photo at left is for example only.)

And more!

Unsigned editions by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me; We Were Eight Years in Power; and The Water Dancer; Subscription to Afro Vegan Beauty, books by Ty Scott King, Ida B. Wells Barbie....

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