Black Panther Party 1968 Book List

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Black Panther Party 1968 Book List

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Apr 13, 2016, 5:45pm

Maybe this belongs in "Other People's Books," but I thought it might be worth cataloging if the source holds up.

This is an image of a printed leaflet titled "Black Panther Party Book List" and supposedly dating from 1968. The source is

The image is scaled down to illegibility, but FYI the first five titles are: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, I Speak of Freedom by Kwame Nkrumah, The Lost Cities of Africa by Basil Davidson, and The Nat Turner Slave Revolt by Herbert Aptheker.

Apr 13, 2016, 7:59pm

It's disappointing the post doesn't come with any more detailed provenance than that. The BPP was hardly a monolithic organization, I can't imagine that list is official for everyone except symbolically. If it were a BPP members personal library, or in a specific BPP office, I think it would be more interesting as a Legacy Library. As it is, it seems more relevant as a list than an LL.

It's interesting, certainly. Many titles with which I'm unfamiliar.

Apr 13, 2016, 8:12pm

>2 elenchus: Yeah, I agree - interesting, but more as a list than an LL, necessarily.

Apr 13, 2016, 9:27pm

Cool! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 2, 2017, 4:58pm

With a little time on my hands, I formatted the list to make LT touchstones. The first five titles on the list are clearly the most important, with their author names typed in ALL CAPS. The remaining titles are simply in alphabetical order by author.

The top five:

- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
- The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
- I Speak of Freedom by Kwame Nkrumah
- The Lost Cities of Africa by Basil Davidson
- The Nat Turner Slave Revolt (Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion) by Herbert Aptheker

The rest, in alphabetical order:

- American Negro Slave Revolts by Herbert Aptheker
- A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States by Herbert Aptheker
- Before the Mayflower by Lerone Bennett Jr
- American Negro Poetry by Arna W. Bontemps
- Story of the Negro by Arna W. Bontemps
- Black Moses (The Story of Garvey and the UNIA) by E.D. Cronon
- Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. DuBois
- The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois
- The World and Africa by W.E.B. DuBois
- Black Mother, the Years of the African Slave Trade by Basil Davidson
- Studies in a Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
- From Slavery to Freedom by John Hope Franklin
- The Negro in the United States (prob. The Negro in twentieth century America) by John Hope Franklin
- Black Bourgeoisie by C.F. Frazier (typo for E.F. Frazier)
- The Other America by Michael Harrington
- Garvey and Garveyism by Marcus Garvey (actually Amy Jacques Garvey)
- The Philosophy and Opinions of Garveyism (The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey) by Marcus Garvey
- The Myth of the Negro Past by Melville J. Herskovitz
- A History of Negro Revolt by C.L.R. James
- Muntu: The New African Culture by Jahn Janheinz
- Blues People by LeRoi Jones
- Black Muslims in America by C. Eric Lincoln
- Malcolm X Speaks by Malcolm X
- The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi
- Ghana by Kwame Nkrumah
- We Charge Genocide by William L. Patterson
- Africa's Gift to America by J.A. Rogers
- The World's Great Men of Color: 3,000 B.C. to 1940 A.D. by J.A. Rogers
- The Negro in Our History by Charles H. Wesley & Carter G. Woodson
- The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward
- Native Son by Richard Wright

Any suggestions on what if anything to do with this list? My enquiry with the creator of the image above did not get a reply.