Banned and Challenged

Banned and Challenged Books

"...at one point, all books were banned to Black people on these shores."

"If this is the state of our education system, where, then, do we go for real learning—for what bell hooks called education as the practice of freedom? If our schools are under the control of the same government responsible for treating Black learning as a fugitive act; if the curriculum teaches us to praise Founding Fathers who owned our ancestors, beating and raping them at will; if the well-intentioned white teachers who come into our inner cities through Teach for America et al. know nothing of us; if our politicians can suddenly make laws banning not just books about our real history but also any books that make white students uncomfortable—if this is the state of our education system, where do we turn? We turn, more and more, to Black-owned bookstores."

From "Black-Owned Bookstores Safeguard Our History as Racists Try to Ban It" by St. Clair Detrick-Jules

“Marcus Books will stay the course”

-Cherysse Calhoun, co-owner of Marcus Books

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780593501719
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All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620971932
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Published: New Press - January 7th, 2020

Chocolate Me! By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Taye Diggs, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 7th, 2019

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375701870
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Monday's Not Coming By Tiffany D. Jackson Cover Image
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 23rd, 2019

New Kid: A Graphic Novel By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
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Ghost Boys By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
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All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Monster By Walter Dean Myers Cover Image
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
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Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice By Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard Cover Image
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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
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Black Boy (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) By Richard Wright, John Edgar Wideman (Foreword by), Malcolm Wright (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Richard Wright, John Edgar Wideman (Foreword by), Malcolm Wright (Afterword by)
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - April 29th, 2008

The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
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The Color Purple: A Novel By Alice Walker Cover Image
$17.00
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Beloved (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Invisible Man (Vintage International) By Ralph Ellison Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Native Son: A Novel By Richard Wright Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

Kaffir Boy: The True Story Of A Black Youths Coming Of Age In Apartheid South Africa By Mark Mathabane Cover Image
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Published: Free Press - October 7th, 1998

Woke Baby By Mahogany L. Browne, Theodore Taylor, III (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250308986
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 31st, 2018

Song of Solomon (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033423
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel By Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
$17.99
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

When Dad Killed Mom By Julius Lester Cover Image
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Published: Clarion Books - June 1st, 2003

Buck: A Memoir By M.K. Asante Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983623
Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot Cover Image
$18.00
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A People's History of the United States By Howard Zinn Cover Image
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Heavy: An American Memoir By Kiese Laymon Cover Image
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Juliet Takes a Breath: The Graphic Novel By Gabby Rivera, Celia Moscote (Illustrator) Cover Image
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$14.99
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Tyler Johnson Was Here By Jay Coles Cover Image
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Momma, Did You Hear the News?: (Talking to kids about race and police) By Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Kim Holt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Kim Holt (Illustrator)
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A Good Kind of Trouble By Lisa Moore Ramée Cover Image
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Dear Martin By Nic Stone Cover Image
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The Day Tajon Got Shot By Beacon House Teen Writers, Heather Butterfield (Designed by), Kathy Crutcher (Editor) Cover Image
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Blended By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
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Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice By Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, Olivia Gatwood, Theodore Taylor, III (Illustrator), Jason Reynolds (Contributions by) Cover Image
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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir By Patrisse Cullors, asha bandele Cover Image
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How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
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So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo Cover Image
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (Critical America #20) By Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic, Angela Harris (Foreword by) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781479802760
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Published: New York University Press - March 7th, 2017

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations) By Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Dear Justyce By Nic Stone Cover Image
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Antiracist Baby Board Book By Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A is for Activist By Innosanto Nagara Cover Image
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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot By Mikki Kendall Cover Image
$27.00
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An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #4) By Paul Ortiz Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807005934
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Published: Beacon Press - December 11th, 2018

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Me and White Supremacy: Young Readers' Edition By Layla Saad Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728259086
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - February 1st, 2022

Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to the Streets By Artika R. Tyner Cover Image
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The Black Power Movement and Civil Unrest (Spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement) By Kerry Hinton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538380178
Published: Rosen Young Adult - December 30th, 2017

Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter By Shani King, Bobby C. Martin, Jr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shani King, Bobby C. Martin, Jr (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780884488897
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And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK By Henry L. Gates, Kevin M. Burke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062427007
Published: Ecco - October 27th, 2015

Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015