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Note: numbers next to each book are ranked 1 to 4 with 4 being highly recommended

Black History Books
(4*) "The Black Man" by William Wells Brown written in 1865 (This book is one of the first black books to ever  be written. Brown is like the father of Black History and then comes Carter G Woodson. This book has 50 plus short biographies of early African Americans)
(4*) "Think and Grow Rich, A Black Choice" Dennis Kimbro & Nopolean Hill
(4) "The Mis-Education of the Negro" by Carter G Woodson
(4) "Up From Slavery" by Booker T Washington
(4) "Slavery by Another Name" by Douglas A Blackmon
(3) "The Souls of Black Folk" by WEB Dubois
(4) Historical Negro Biographies, International Library of Negro Life and History
(4)  I, Too, Am America : documents from 1619 to the present , International Library of Negro Life and History
(2)  The History of the Negro in Medicine, International Library of Negro Life and History
(4) "Great Speeches by African Americans" by James Daley
(3) "Measure of a Man" by Sidney Poitier
(4) "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr"
(4) "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable
(2) Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches by American RadioWorks (audiobook)
(2) "Cultureseek" by Latanya Branham
(4) Black History Pre-Civil War to Present (Bar Charts, Inc./Quick Study)
(4) "A Pictorial History of Black Americans" by Langston Hughes
(4) Real Role Models (Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture) by Spearman & Harrison
(3) "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable
(4) "Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." Claborne Carson
(3) "Dirty Little Secrets" by Claud Anderson
(3) The Breeding of American Slaves by Stephen Ashley
(4*) "Wars of Reconstruction" by Douglas Egerton
(3) "The Greatest Negro" by Eddie Davis
(4) "Slavery in Alabama" by James Sellers
(4) "The Half Has Never Been Told, Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward Baptist
(3) "The Philadelhpia Negro" by WEB Dubois
(4) "Sense of Place" by Lynne Feldman
(4) "Black Education Alabama, 1865-1901" by Robert Sherer

Books Targeting Black Males
(4) "Man Up" by Steve Perry
(3) "Letters to Young Black Men" by Daniel Whyte III
(3) "Mo Letters to Young Black Men" by Daniel Whyte III
(4*) "Countering the Consipiracy to Destroy Black Boys" by Jawanza Kunjufu
(4) "State of Emergency, We Must Save African American Males" Kunjufu
(3) "Adam! Where Are You" (Why most Black men don't go to Church?) Kunjufu
(3) "The Black Male Handbook" by Kevin Powell

Books About Prison, Jail, Gangs, Ex-Cons
(4) "The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur
(4) How to Hustle and Win, A survival Guide to the Ghetto by Supreme Understanding
(3) "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
(2) "Prison Profiters" by Herivel and Wright
(4) "Jobs for Felons" by Michael Ford (Ex-Cons)
(4) "Getting Out and Staying Out" by Demico Boothe (for Ex-cons)

Books for Females
(4*) "Letters to Young Black Women" by Daniel Whyte III
(3) "Always Sisters" by CeCe Winans
(4) "Pretty Painful" by Kachelle Kelly (Self Esteem for Women)
(4)  Inmate 1142980 "The Desiree Lee Story" by Deisree Lee

Black Culture, Concerns & Solutions
(4*) "Developing Positive Self-Images & Discipline in Black Children" by Jawanza Kunjufu
(4) Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(3) "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism" by John Hope Bryant
(4) "How to Make Black America Better" compiled by Tavis Smiley
(3) "Saving Black America" by John Yancy Odom
(4) "Solutions for Black America" by Jawanza Kunjufu
(3) "Come On People" by Bill Cosby & Alvin Poussaint
(3) "Enough" by Juan Williams
(3) "The Future of Black Business in America, Stay in or Cash in" Panel Discussion, Multiple Speakers
(3) "More than Just Race" by William Julius Wilson
(2) Building Collaborative Organizations & Networks that Build Black Business Communities (Multiple Speakers- Audio Book
(2) The Future of Black Business in America, Stay In or Cash In (Multiple Speakers- Audio Book)
(2) "War Against Parents" by Cornel West & Sylvia Hewitt
(2) "Cracking the Corporate Code" by Price M. Cobbs
(2) "Black and Green" by Jamal Ali
(3) "Character Building" by Booker T. Washington
(3) "Whatever it Takes" by Paul Tough

Miscellaneous African American books
(2) "The Conversation" by Hill Harper
(2) "Who Will Cry for the Little Girl" by Alexander Barrett
(2) "12 Brown Boys" by Omar Tyree

Spiritual, Motivational, & Self Help
(4) The Bible, New Living Translation
(4*) "Spiritual Leadership" by J. Oswald Sanders
(4) "Communication for Change" by Stanley Jones
(3) "Understanding the Power and Purpose of a Man" by Myles Monroe
(4) Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson (My favorite book)
(3) "He-Motions" by T.D. Jakes
(4) Islam and the Bible by David Goldmann
(3) "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy
(4) "Maximized Manhood" by Edwin Louis Cole
(3)"Courageous Leadership" by Bill Hybels
(4) "The Power of I Am" by Joel Osteen

Male/Female Relationships: Spiritual Living 
(4) The Wait by Devon Franklin & Meagan Good
(3) "When Good Men Are Tempted" by Perkins
(4)"Finding the Right Woman" by McKinney Hammond
(4) Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker and Mike Yorkey
(3) Every Man's Challenge: How Far Are You Willing to Go for God? by Arterburn, Stoeker, & Yorkey

Business, Leadership, Self Help, Motivational
(4*) "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill
(4*) "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by O.G. Mandino
(4) "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
(3) "The Teens Guide to World Domination" by Josh Shipp
(3) "When All Else Fails, Succeed" by David Khali
(4) "Live Life Without Limits" by Nick Vujicic
(3) "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
(3) "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
(4) "5, Where Will You Be in 5 Years" by Dan Zadra
(4) "Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens" by Robert Kiyosaki
(4) "One", How many people does it take to make a difference? by Dan Zadra
(4) "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy
(4) "Crush It" Gary Vaynerchuk (the Audio Version is awesome)
(4) "Gifted Hands" by Ben Carson
(3) "Go Giver" by Bob Burg
(3) "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson
(3) "The Secret of Success" by Eric Thomas
(3) "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
(4) "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
(4) "Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lenioni

Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship
(3) How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein
(3) Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs by Dees, Emerson & Economy (Part 1)
(4) Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your Enterprising Nonprofit by Dees, Emerson & Economy (part 2)
(4) Creating a World Without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives - by Muhammad Yunus
(2) Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy by Brest & Harvey

No Category, Just Good Informational Books
(4) "48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene
(3) "Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
(2) "Super Freakonomics" by Stevin Levitt & Stephen Dubner
(4) "Aesops Fables" author various

Great book for anyone getting into the speaking industry
(3) "Speak and Grow Rich" by Dottie & Lilly Walters

Quote Books  
(3) "Classic Wisdom for the Good Life" by Bryan Curtis
(2) "Success" by J. Pincott (Quote Book)
(4) "Forbes Book of Quotations" (Thanks Mom for giving me this book)

Birmingham, AL General History
(2) "Miracle in Birmingham" by W. Edward Harris
(3) "There's Hope for The World" by Richard Arrington
(2) "This is Birmingham" by Henley
(4) "Birmingham, The Magic City" audiobook

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