‘The conquer writes history… You don’t expect the people who came to invade us to tell you the truth about us…’ – Miriam Makeba



  • Pre-colonial Black Africa,  by Cheikha Anta Diop.
  • The African Origin of Civilisation: Myth or Reality, by Cheikha Annta Diop.
  • Ancient Ghana (The Land of Gold) Kingdoms of Africa, by Phillip Koslow.
  • Ancient Ghana and Mali, by Nehemia  Levtzion.
  • Nile Valley Civilisations, by Ivan Van Sertima.
  • They Came Before Columbus, by Ivan Van Sertima.
  • African Presence in Early America, Ivan Van Sertima.
  • African Presence in Early Europe, by Ivan Van Sertima.
  • The Golden Age of the Moor, by Ivan Van Sertima.
  • Pilliars in Ethiopian History, by William Leo Hansbery.
  • The Destruction of Black  Civilisation: great issues of a race from 450 BC to 2000 A.D, by Chancellor Williams.
  • African Presence in Early Asia, by Runoko Rashidi.
  • Africa’s Discovery of Europe 1450-1850, by D. Northrup.
  • The Golden Age of the Moor, by Ivan Van Sertima.


  • Black Africans in Renaissance Europe, edited by Earle and K.J.P Lowe.


  • The Willie Lynch Letter and the making of the Slave, (easily accessible online).
  • An African’s Life: The Life and Times of Olaudah Equiano 1745-1797, by James Walvin.
  • Harriet Tubman – The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton.


  • Silence would be Treason: Last Writings of Ken Sara-Wiwa, by  the man himself, edited by Ide Corley, Helen Fallon and Lawrence Cox.
  • King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild.
  • May our People Triumph: Poem, Speeches & Interviews, by Patrice Lumumba.
  • Death in the Congo: murdering Patrice Lumumba, by Emanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick.
  • Mary Seacole: Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands, edited by Sara Sadih.
  • How Europe underdeveloped Africa, by Walter Rodney.


  • The Black Panthers Speak, edited by  Phillip S. Foner.
  • Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
    by Russell Freedman.
  • The Autobiography of Malcom X, by Malcom X.
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, by Martin Luther King.


  • Black Britain: a Ahotographic History, by Paul Gilroy.


  • The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B Du Bois.
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro, by Carter Godwin Woodson.
  • Civilisation or Barbarism: an Authentic Anthropology, by Cheikha Anta Diop.
  • Black Africa: Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State, by Cheikha Anta Diop.
  • Black Africans in Science: Ancient and Modern, by Ivan Van Sertima.
  • Melanin: what makes Black People Black!, by Llaila Afrika.
  • Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey, edited by Bob Blaisdell.
  • Blue Print for Black Power Lecture, by Dr Amos Wilson:



Knowledge drops….



13 thoughts on “Knowledge is Power

      1. I have a pretty nice size library. I have over 250 about black culture,African history,US History,Black leaders,black women,racism,biology,science and anthropology. I like to read about very different subjects. I think it’s important to expand your mind. And it’s very important for blacks to know their culture and history. I’m very impressed to see The Destruction of Black Civilization and Blue Print for Black Power on your list. Those two books made quite an impression on me. They helped to “wake” me up so to speak. Amos Wilson is one of my favorite authors of all time. He had a brilliant mind. Have you read all the books on this list? If so,I’m very impressed. You ladies must be very intelligent then. It gives me hope for our youth. So many kids today seem so lost and without guidance.


      2. Wow! That’s a very impressive library you got there. Ogechi would be proud lol, she has a collection I’ll be borrowing from :p To begin with, it was watching the Hidden Colours & Dark Girls documentaries, reading ‘They Came Before Colombus’ and listening to my dad’s knowledge about our ancestral tribe (ashanti) & Ghana’s ancient kingdom, and it all hit my brain like an African smack. And I woke up. But, honestly speaking no, I haven’t read all the books on our list. It wasn’t until I read an article, shortly after I graduated last year, about the lack of exposure regarding black authors, and then it hit me – pretty much all the black books sitting on my shelf were only there because of the module I did for my English Lit degree, ‘The African American Novel’. I thought woah wait…. that is a disgrace. After feeling disgraced for a bit, I had a bit of a light bulb moment and thought I should lecture in pre-colonial African history one day. So, I searched for a masters on this and guess what? It doesn’t even exist as a course. I don’t know if you’re in the UK or elsewhere but there’s a university here called SOAS – School of Oriental and African studies. Even this place doesn’t have it. It’s just colonial stuff. Can you believe that? I was shocked. I told my dad and then he showed me books I didn’t even know he had. They were just sitting on the shelf gathering dust… Made me realise how parents play a major role too. If they don’t enrich their children with knowledge, so much truth will be lost and forgotten. I’m lucky I woke up by myself but dam I’m late lol. But, like you said, it is important we expand our minds, especially black people in the diaspora, cos when you’re not in the land of your ancestors, it’s so much easier to forget who you are.

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      3. I live out here in the Unites States. But I agree with you. Being the minority in a country you can be brainwashed to hate yourself. That’s what television and films are designed to do. That’s why it’s important we have our own schools for black children to learn their history. To many of us are ignorant. Black people in the UK,Africa,Brazil,Cuba and United States are all brainwashed by white culture.
        And thanks for the Twitter follow. 😉


      4. Ogechi here! I would love to visit your library haha, good to see brothers getting their knowledge on! It is important in educating our people. Even in my home country (Nigeria), it is blatantly obvious how white supremacy is still ruling them in terms of entertainment, fashion etc. Bleaching is very prominent back home unfortunately. Yet we are the most populous black nation on the planet. We need to educate them as soon as possible, like Marcus Garvey said (paraphrased) , we cant take them all, some want to stay behind. Likewise during Harriet Tubman’s case. On a positive note, the natural hair movement is making a comeback across Africa 🙂

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