Reading List

The books below are not listed in order of importance. We have endeavored to present a comprehensive reading list that provides an in-depth understanding of the world we live in, to arm you for the struggle to transform this world for the better. In other words, education for total liberation. We hope it is not overwhelming and advise you to research each title to know if it is what you are looking for.

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African History / History

The Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams

The Re-birth of African Civilization by Chancellor Williams

Civilization or Barbarism by Cheikh Anta Diop

Pre-colonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop

Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James

How Europe Under-Developed Africa by Walter Rodney

Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams

Black Mother by Basil Davidson

Pan-Africanism: A History by Hakim Adi

The Price of Slavery: Capitalism and Revolution in the Caribbean by Nick Nesbitt

Black Jacobins by C. L. R. James

A History of Pan-African Revolt by C. L. R. James (Intro by Robin D. G. Kelley)

They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima

Rape of Paradise: Columbus and the Birth of Racism in the Americas by Jan Carew

Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Religion & Liberation Theology

Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone

God of the Oppressed by James Cone

Black Arabia and the African Origin of Islam by Dr. Wesley Muhammad

Islam and Revolution by Kaukab Siddique

The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right by Michael Lerner

A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation by Gustavo Gutierrez

A Pan-African Theology: Providence and the Legacies of the Ancestors by Josiah Ulysses Young III

Revolution and Religion by Sekou Toure

Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona La Duke

Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race by Edward W. Blyden

Fidel and Religion: Conversations with Frei Betto

Quran of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam by Shadaab Rahemtulla

The Black Christ by Kelly Brown Douglas

Islamic Liberation Theology by Hamid Dabashi

Religion Versus Religion by Ali Shariati

On the Sociology of Islam: Lectures by Ali Shariati, translated by Hamid Algar

Islam and the Third Universal Theory: The Religious Thought of Muammar al-Qadhafi by Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub

The Radical King: Martin Luther King Jr, edited and introduced by Cornel West

Socialism / Marxism / Communism

Ujamaa: Essays on Socialism by Julius K. Nyerere

Elements of African Socialism by Bede Onuoha

Arab Socialism by Abdel M. Said

Arguments for Socialism by Tony Benn

The Philosophy of the Revolution by Gamal Abdel Nasser

Arab Ba’th Socialist Party: Evolution of Arab Revolutionary Ideology by Elyas Farah

On African Socialism by Leopold Sedar Senghor

Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism by Ramin Mazaheri

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics: A Guide for Foreigners by Roland Boer

Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Zedong

Ho Chi Minh on Revolution: Selected Writings 1920 – 1966

State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin

What Is To Be Done by V. I. Lenin

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels

Introduction to Marxism by Emile Burns

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Frederick Engels, introduction by George Novack

Neo-colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism by Kwame Nkrumah

Class Struggle in Africa by Kwame Nkrumah

Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki

Decolonial Marxism: Essays from the Pan-African Revolution by Walter Rodney

Socialism Made Easy by James Connolly


The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley 

My People Shall Live: Autobiography of a Revolutionary – Leila Khaled as told to George Hajjar 

Part of My Soul Went with Him by Winnie Mandela

Philosophy / Political Thought / Cultural Theory

The Afrocentric Idea by Molefi Kete Asante

Afrocentricity by Molefi Kete Asante

Being Human Being: Transforming the Race Discourse by Molefi Kete Asante

Consciencism by Kwame Nkrumah

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Intellectual Warfare by Jacob H Carruthers

The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey by Amy Jacques Garvey

Marxism and Other Western Fallacies by Ali Shariati

The Green Book by Muammar al-Qaddafi

I Write What I Like by Steve Biko

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Toward the African Revolution by Frantz Fanon

A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire

Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney

A Destiny to Mold: Selected Discourses by Forbes Burnham

Blood In My Eye by George L. Jackson

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy

The End of Representative Politics by Simon Tormey

The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy by Brett Hennig

Democracy for the Few by Machael Parenthi

Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg

James Connolly: Selected Writings, edited by Peter Berresford-Ellis

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuiwhai Smith

Introduction to Black Studies by Maulana Karenga

The Ideology of Racism by Samuel Yeboah

Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Though and Behavior by Marimba Ani

Jose Marti Reader: Writings on the Americas, Intro by Ivan A. Schulman

The Question of Palestine by Edward W. Said

How to be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by Erik Olin Wright

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Yearning: Race, Gender and Cultural Politics by Bell Hooks

Liberation Movements

Hamas: Unwritten Chapters by Azzam Tamimi

Hizbullah: The Story from Within by Naim Qassem 

Zapatistas: The Chiapas Revolt and what it means for Radical Politics by Mihalis Mentinis

Revolutionary Speeches

Samora Machel: An African Revolutionary: Selected Speeches and Writings edited by Barry Munslow

To Die For The People by Huey Newton, edited by Toni Morrison

Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism by Kwame Ture, foreword by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Unity and Struggle: Speeches and Writings of Amilcar Cabral

Return to the Source: Selected Speeches of Amilcar Cabral

Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987

Malcom X: By Any Means Necessary

Malcom X: The Last Speeches, edited by Bruce Perry

Tomorrow Is Too Late by Fidel Castro

History Will Absolve Me by Fidel Castro

Che Guevara Speaks

Maurice Bishop Speaks: The Grenada Revolution and its Overthrow 1979-83 edited by Marcus Bruce & Michael Taber

Towards the Socialist Revolution, Forbes Burnham

Environment & Social Ecology

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster

Remaking Society: Pathways to a Green Future by Murray Bookchin

Towards a Sustainable Economy: The Need for Fundamental Change by Ted Trainer

Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Max Wilbert

Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher