Philly Black History Syllabus
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The Philly Black History Syllabus: 13 must-read books to understand our city, by Cassie Owens
Philly has made a lot of black history. Nearly 690,000 African Americans live in the city.
- And so, with this large and longstanding community, there’s no shortage of institutions to honor and stars to remember during Black History Month.
- So if you wanted to get a strong grasp of this history, what books should you read?
Links to buy the books:
- The Philadelphia Negro, W.E.B. DuBois
- Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910, Kali N. Gross
- Saved and Sanctified: Saved and Sanctified: The Rise of a Storefront Church in Great Migration Philadelphia, Deidre Helen Crumbley
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
- The Journey of John W. Mosley, Charles L. Blockson
- Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, Lawrence Otis Graham
- A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia, Lisa Levenstein
- Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love, James Wolfinger
- Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, Matthew J. Countryman
- The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia, Matthew F. Delmont
- Joy Ride! The Stars and Stories of Philly’s Famous Uptown Theater, Kimberly C. Roberts
- In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, ed. Joseph Beam
- Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, Elijah Anderson