Reading List

Many of the books I read inspire me to act, explore and seek further knowledge. I hope you find something below that will help you get one step closer to finding your own freedom.

Reveille For Radicals
Author: Saul Alinsky
Copyright: 1946 & 1969

Saul Alinsky, founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation, wrote this canonical piece on organizing in the 20th century. This is first of two books focusing on the radical, the second book Rules For Radicals is also a significant read.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Author: Nelson Mandela
Copyright: 1994

I visited South Africa in 2004, 10 years after Mandela was elected as President of South Africa. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his work as a freedom fighter.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Author: Ntozake Shange
Copyright: 1975

Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia Butler
Copyright: 1993

Rules For Radicals
Author: Saul Alinsky
Copyright: 1989

Suggested Titles:

Assata: An Autobiography
Author: Assata Shakur
Copyright: 1987

Reading this book changed my life. Assata’s journey as a Black woman in America took me through a range of emotions and also provided sound political education. A must read for anyone interested in the Black Liberation struggle and the experience of political prisoners in the United States.

I Wish I Had a Red Dress
Author: Pearl Cleage
Copyright: 2001

A sequal to the equally awesome “What Crazy Looks Likes on an Ordinary Day,” this fictional story resonated with me as a woman and activist. Cleage lays out a list of what a free woman must do/have. Her words inspired me to start my own journey towards freedom.

Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia Butler
Copyright: 1993



  1. I LOVE Assata!! I read that book as a senior in high school (i think it was my senior year) and that book inspired me to go natural. That sista is definitely bad ass in so many ways.

    It’s interesting that you put “Eat, Pray, Love” on here. I tried to read that and thought the author was incredibly self-absorbed so couldn’t get past that to read it all. Great list though!

    I would add Joan Morgan’s, “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost”. I picked that book up again about a month ago and sad to say, the subject matter in that is still timely…

    btw, i’m from chicago too! went to morgan park 🙂

  2. There’s a sequel to Pearl Cleage’s “What Crazy Looks Likes on an Ordinary Day”!!!!!e

    That’s wonderful, I just finished the book and I never knew there’s a sequel . I can’t wait to pick up “I Wish I Had a Red Dress” from the library.

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