The ZORA Canon

The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women

Our Nig

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

A Voice From the South: By a Black Woman of the South

Iola Leroy

The Red Record

There Is Confusion



Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica

Moses, Man of the Mountain

The Street

Maud Martha

Brown Girl, Brownstones

A Raisin in the Sun

Selected Poems

Funnyhouse of a Negro


The Flagellants

The House of Dies Drear

Coming of Age in Mississippi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words

The Black Woman: An Anthology

We a BaddDDD People

The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Gorilla, My Love




Eva’s Man

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Song of Solomon

I’ve Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems

Black Macho and the Myth of the Black Superwoman

The Salt Eaters

The Heart of a Woman

Women, Race, and Class

Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism

All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

The Women of Brewster Place

Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo

The Color Purple

Fish Tales

Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology

In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose

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

Sister Outsider

Linden Hills

Radiance From the Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art

Thomas and Beulah




Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds: Stories by and About Black Women

Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory

Waiting to Exhale

Parable of the Sower

Ugly Ways

The Black Christ

The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni: 1968–1995 (1996)

Killing the Black Body

Parable of the Talents

Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class

Where We Stand: Class Matters


Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision


Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan

Native Guard

African American Music: An Introduction

All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830–1900

Blue-Chip Black

A Mercy

Blood Dazzler

The Warmth of Other Suns

The New Jim Crow

Salvage the Bones

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton

The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction Into Ethnic Factions

Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons, and Love Affairs

Brown Girl Dreaming

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

The Fifth Season

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School


Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

Sing, Unburied, Sing

An American Marriage

Race After Technology

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Magical Negro