What are the best reading list for Black Lives Matter movement?

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    #1Between the World and Me

    Between the World and Me
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American autobiography novel originally published in July 2015. This book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015 and it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.
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    Beverly Cox
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Between the World and Me is a very complex book. It covers race from the early years in this country up until the Black Lives Matter movement. I found the book to be well written and enjoyed that the story was told from father to son. It's an eye-opening book on the black culture. Recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about race relations in the US."
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    #2Invisible Man

    Invisible Man

    This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.

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    Graciela Quezada
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "An incredibly powerful account of the black experience that was as relevant in the 20th century as it is in the 21st. We still have a long way to come. Invisible Man should be required reading for everyone."
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    #3The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give is a multi-awarded young adult novel by Angie Thomas. It tells the story of Starr Carter, who witnessed her friend Khalil get killed by a cop. This book is a condemnation of racism and police brutality, because black lives matter.

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    Lawrence Alvarado
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""The Hate U Give"should be mandatory reading for high-schoolers. This novel gives a clear view into the unfortunate chaos that exists today and gives reason to Black Lives Matter to exist. It's through stories like this that we may be able to understand more and progress towards peace."
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    #4The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    #5The New Jim Crow

    The New Jim Crow
    This book shares the idea that America's society has achieved a new era of colorblindness, which starting point is the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Michelle Alexander says that this doesn't mean that racism is over, society has just redesigned. 
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    Mark Evans
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This should be essential reading. I was able to get a good grasp of Alexander's thesis. Her work deserves all the recognition it has had over many years. If you are a US citizen, make sure you read this book from front to end. You will get knowledge of the War on Drugs. It's an excellent read and highly recommended!"
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    #6Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important and enduring books of the 20th century. It brings to life a Southern love story with incredible wit and pathos.

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    Matthew Castillo
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I tried, but failed to read this book multiple times. It wasnt so much my lack of interest in the book, but rather my lack of time. I am very glad i finally found time however since this was a very good read. I later found out that many highschool students are being asked to read this book, so I am very glad that others will get to read it as well. "
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    #7March: Book One

    March: Book One

    March: Book One is a Sequential Art, Autobiography, History, Non-fiction graphic novel written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It was published August 13, 2013 by Top Shelf Productions.

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    Andrew Owens
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is one of the best graphic novels that I've read. It tells quite a tale and to know that it's all true just makes it that much more intriguing. "
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    #8The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Pranav Patel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read The Color Purple when I was interested in learning more about the lives of African Americans and the trifles of their history and culture.. This book allowed me to learn more from that perspective by reading through my favorite genre, fiction. Set in the American South, The Color Purple shows the troubled life of a 14 year old Celie and follows her into adulthood. Through this journey, she grows in her own independence, creativity, and self love."
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    #9Native Son

    Native Son

    Native Son is an African American historical fiction book written by Richard Wright. This classic book is first published in 1940 and reproduced by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 

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    Arthur Baker
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I found Native Son to be a very informative book and very enlightening in regard's to the segregation problems that we face today. The book goes into great detail discussing the problems that African American people such as myself have been dealing with for over one hundred years now. "
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    #10The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Warmth of Other Suns
    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration is a multi-awarded non-fiction history book written by Isabel Wilkerson. It was first published in 2010 by Random House. 
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    Gregory Graham
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a great book detailing the history of black migrants after being freed from slavery. It should be read to learn how former slaves spread throughout the country."
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    #11Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Jason Newman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A disturbing book, with beautiful prose, haunting imagery, violence, humanity and inhumanity. An important subject and I found myself both engaged by the writing and repulsed by the incidents depicted. "
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    #12The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk

    The Souls of Black Folk is a non-fiction history book written by W.E.B. Du Bois. This African American classic book is firs published in 

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    Margaret Jensen
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book seems a little outdated and a little racist. It did not appeal to me. "
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    #13I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Donna Hayes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is the perfect suggestion. In order to know why Black Lives Matter exists and why the feelings run so deep, you need to understand the history of oppression. No one explains that better than Maya Angelou. Her words are profound and cut deep. Reading this book will make you understand why Black Lives Matter is not just a new thing, it's a response to years of systematic racism. "

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Best What are the best reading list for Black Lives Matter movement
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Between the World and MeBooks 33 Paid
2Invisible ManBooks 30 Paid
3The Hate U GiveBooks 29 Paid
4The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBooks 27 Paid
5The New Jim CrowBooks 23 Paid
6Their Eyes Were Watching GodBooks 21 Paid
7March: Book OneBooks 18 Paid
8The Color PurpleBooks 15 Paid
9Native SonBooks 13 Paid
10The Warmth of Other SunsBooks 6 Paid
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