Of Eagles and Chickens


If We Must Die, Claude McKay

And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

For My People, Margaret Walker

Excerpts from Autobiographies

The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass (New York: Anchor Books, 1963, originally published in 1845).

In My Place, by Charlene Hunger-Gault (New York: Vintage Books, 1992).

Assata, by Assata Shakur (Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 1987).

Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington (New York: Buccaneer, originally published in 1901).

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm and Halex Haley (New York: Ballantine Books, 1965).


Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (New York: Vintage Press, 1952).

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (New York: Plume, 1970).

Coffee Will Make You Black, by April Sinclair (New York: Avon, 1994).


A Question of Color (Kathe Sandler, St. Clair Bourne, and Luke Harris))

Sankofa (Haile Gerima)

Roots (television series)

Imitation of Life (1934)

A Raisin In the Sun

School Daze (Spike Lee)

Non-Fiction Resources for Teachers

Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, by Lerone Bennett, Jr. (New York: Penguin Books, 1975).

The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans, by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, and Ronald Hall (New York: Anchor Books, 1992).

Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon (New York: Grove Press, 1965).

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, by Walter Rodney (Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1980).

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum (New York: Basic Books, 1997).