Top Ten Sankofa Books Ep. 9

Top 10 books You Need to Read to Remember Tomorrow

10—A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King jr. Edited by James M. Washington

9—Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins

8—God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights by Charles Marsh

7—Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

6—Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter

5—Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

4—Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln by John Stauffer

3—Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare by James Cone

2—Hellhound on His Trail: The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History by Hampton Sides

1—Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

***Be sure to listen to the podcast to discover why Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is essential for any Jazz Theologian***

Let’s Connect

What do you think about the list?  What book would you add to the list?

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  • Fred Lynch says:

    Robert, you’re podcast is excellent! You crushing it dude! I love this book list & I totally agree with #1 Invisible Man!
    I just finished The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and highly recommend it. This book has gone in my top 10 and favorite book of the year for me.
    Additional offerings:
    Race Matters by Cornel West and a good review of books would be Sacrid Fire.
    Thanks again my brother for your much needed service

    • Fred, your encouragement means the world!

      I keep hearing great things about The Warmth of Other Suns but have yet to pick it up, you’ve inspired me to do so.

      Race Matters & Sacred Fire…great additions!

      • Kiri Patterson says:

        Just discovered the podcast, God is so good! Just what I needed to become a greater expression of his glory as a black person in America and most importantly a person saved by grace. The book I highly recommend is Omni Americans by Albert Murry anything by Mr Murry such as The Hero and the Blues. As a child of the 50s and 60s reading Omni answered the question why we measure our exsistance by our suffering and not our strength. Reading this book squared my shoulders and lifted my head way before I understood the truth of the gospel which I was able to respond to as a person and not a color. As for graphic novels I recommend The Harlem Hell Fighters by Max Brooks. Thank you again for the podcast and GOD bless you and your family.

        • Kiri,
          Thanks for stopping by! I’m checking out Murry’s books right now, looks really interesting. I’d heard a lot about Harlem Hell Fighters but never took the time to read. You’ve inspired me.

          How did you find the podcast?

          Tell me about yourself…


  • Chris Coleman says:

    Robert, we just met last night via the Twitter. Again, great podcast! Do you have a recommended reading order of these books?

    • Chris–Glad that we’ve connected!

      Tough question. I’d go with my heart. Which ones capture your imagination and feel relevant to your life & motivations today.