Fiction, Biography/Memoir, Poetry and Drama

James Baldwin
Nobody Knows My Name    
Notes of a Native Son
The Fire Next Time

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Claude Brown 
Manchild in the Promised Land

Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower
Bloodchild and Other Stories

Aimé Césaire
A Tempest

Charles W. Chesnutt
The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line

Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Water Dancer
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
Between the World and Me

Edwidge Danticat
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work

Tananarive Due
Blood Colony

Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man
Shadow and Act

Ernest Gaines
A Lesson Before Dying

Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun
To Be Young, Gifted and Black

Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Mitchel S. Jackson
Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family

Marlon James
Black Leopard, Red Wolf 

N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season

Charles Johnson
Middle Passage

Tayari Jones
An American Marriage
Silver Sparrow

Jamaica Kincaid
Annie John
The Autobiography of My Mother
“Girl” (short story)

Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye
Song of Solomon

Albert Murray
The Omni-Americans: Some Alternatives to the Folklore of White Supremacy

Ben Okri
The Famished Road
Tales of Freedom

Kwanza Osajyefo

Claudia Rankine

Alice Walker
The Color Purple

Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad
The Nickel Boys

John Edgar Wideman
Brothers and Keepers
Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society
Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

Richard Wright:
Black Boy
Native Son

Malcolm X (with Alex Haley)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X


Henry Louis Gates Jr., gen. ed.
The Norton Anthology of African-American Literature

Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton, eds.
Vintage Book of African-American Poetry

Alain Locke and Arnold Rampersad
The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

Children’s Picture Books

Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson
The Undefeated

Jacqueline Woodson
The Other Side

Critical Race Studies / Antiracist Studies and Related Literary Criticism

Elizabeth Alexander
The Trayvon Generation” from The New Yorker

Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Carol Anderson
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Anne Anlin Cheng
The Melancholy of Race

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Case for Reparations”
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Brittany Cooper
Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

Kimberle Crenshaw
Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines

Angela Davis
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment

W.E.B. Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk

Glory Edim (ed.)
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Barbara J. Fields and Karen Elise Fields
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

James Forman Jr.
Locking Up Our Own: Crime  and Punishment in Black America

George Fredrickson
Racism: A Short History

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 
The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism

Paula Giddings
When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

Paul Gilroy
The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness

Sharon Harley (ed.)
Sister Circle: Black Women and Work

Saidiya Hartman 
Scenes of Subjection

Geraldine Heng
The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages

Kelly Lytle Hernández
City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771‒1965

Elizabeth Hinton
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

Arlie Hochschild
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Jonathan Hsy and Julie Orlemanski.
“Race and Medieval Studies: A Partial Bibliography.” Postmedieval 8 (2017):500-531.

Peniel E. Joseph
Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of  Black Power in America

Robin G. Kelley 
Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

Ibram X Kendi
How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Audre Lorde
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Wahneema Lubiano 
The House That Race Built

Manning Marable
Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945‒2006

Jonathan M. Metzl
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland

Janet Mock
Redefining Realnewss: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Suzane Model
West Indian Immigrants: A Black Success Story?

Toni Morrison
The Origin of Others
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches and Meditations 

Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature

Deirdre Cooper Owens
Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Dorothy Roberts
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century

Cedric J. Robinson
Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (ed.)
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

Sasha Turner
Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica

Harriet A. Washington
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
Dangerous Discussions: Voice and Power in My Classroom

Franklin E. Zimring
When Police Kill

Many thanks to the following people for helping to compile this list:
Cara Byrne, Michael Clune, Thom Dawkins, Mary Grimm, John Higgins, William Marling, Marilyn Mobley and Thrity Umrigar