Books for changing the world

Haymarket Books by Black Women, for Liberation

“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free.” 
Combahee River Collective Statement

Here we present a reading list of books by Black women who are engaged in the work of history-making, radical imagining, and movement building. All of these books are currently 30% off.

“For feminists of all kinds, astute scholars, or anyone with a passion for social justice, How We Get Free is an invaluable work.” Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.

Featuring 30 poems, 30 artworks, an author statement and an interview, Too Much Midnight draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color.

A collection of compelling narratives highlighting the struggles of feminist warriors in the Global South whose voices are too often marginalized.

Activist, teacher, author, and Black Power icon Angela Y. Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.

Poet and scholar Eve L. Ewing reflects on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscape.

An imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Undivided Rights highlights the evolving and too often unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice on their own behalf.

A sweeping collection of the most vital and representative writings by Black Panther Party members, including a section devoted to the contributions of Black Panther women.

“Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation.” —Michelle Alexander

Powerful narratives of people surviving the devastating affects of life in long term incarceration.

A remarkable children's book illustrating the unbreakable love shared by a young girl and her father—despite the prison bars that separate them.

Black Lives Matter at School connects thousands of educators around the country who are fighting racial and economic inequality in schools.

Powerhouse, world-renowned queer poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for poetry, Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.

Poet Aja Monet's ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world.

A reclamation of lineage, an affirmation of self, and a declaration of the right to contain multitudes.

“Commando carves out a space both to exist and be loved without fear, ‘someplace where we can just walk.’”
—Jamila Woods

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