1. Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

  2. George Schuyler, Black No More

  3. Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind

  4. Edward Jones, The Known World

  5. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays

  6. Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

  7. Sheryll Cashin, The Agitator’s Daughter

  8. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Bondswoman’s Narrative

  9. Toni Morrison, Beloved

  10. Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

  11. Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave

  12. Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcom X

  13. James Baldwin, The Fire This Time

  14. Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

  15. Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks

  16. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

  17. Richard Wright, Native Son

  18. N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Earth Trilogy

  19. Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

  20. Toni Morrison, The Origin of Others