With the help of several well read scholars and emerging millennial voices: Writer & activist Melanie Coco Mccoy (@), Hip Hop Artist & Professor, Timothy Welbeck (@TimothyWelbeck ) & Middle Tennessee State History Graduate student, Joshua Crutchfield (@Crutch4), I sought to compile a necessary list of books we felt every young African Americans should read. A list featuring a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and autobiography. From Maya Angelou to Assata Shakur,many of these authors have been heralded with national awards in the United States. Stemming back to 1845 with Fredrick Douglass's "The Autobiography of Fredrick Douglass". It's these 10 titles have heavily who have contributed to contemporary narratives about the black experience across the globe.