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12 Books Every Pan-African Must Read


By reading just one of these 12 books each month, you will increase your knowledge of self, and have a deeper OverStanding of who you (and we) are, how you came to be, the world around you, and your place in the world as a Black Man, Woman, and Child! Bookmark this page, share it, and help us spread Black Consciousness!

The Destruction of Black Civilization by Dr. Chancellor Williams

Chancellor Williams was one of the greatest minds in Black  history. In this book, Dr. Chancellor Williams reveals how the African Diaspora found itself at the mercy of white supremacy. He brings the lessons of a lifetime of study to his work, and puts black history into today’s context. In the closing sections of the book, he gives us a plan for organizing institutions for the rebirth of Black civilization.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Dr. Walter Rodney

Dr. Walter Rodney gave his life to write this book. In the summer of 1980, a bomb took his life. But not before How Europe Underdeveloped Africa had changed our understanding of Africa’s plight. This book, and the Black history it teaches,  is an excellent starting point if you want to truly understand how Africa ended up the way it is, and who is to blame.

Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State by Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop

Dr. Cheik Anta Diop’s  vision of a United States of Africa formed the foundation of the political views of our organization, and drives the work of many Pan-African organizations. In this book, Cheikh Anta Diop gives the reader a clear vision for a federated African state, and realistic steps for achieving it in our lifetime. Pan-Africanism is a belief in the laws and representation that benefit Africans in the Diaspora, and that must start with the possession of our own state!

Introduction to Maat Philosophy by Muata Ashby

In this book, Dr. Ashby reclaims our stolen legacy from Yogic traditions, brings them back to their Kemetic source, and gives the student an OverStanding of the practical applications of Kemetic Science. As one of the most important spiritual leaders in the study of Kemetic philosophy and practice, Dr. Ashby’s work is critical for anyone on their path to the development of knowledge of self!

Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery


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

PowerNomics : The National Plan to Empower Black America

The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G Woodson

This book should to be required reading for every teacher, educator, administrator, and parent of children of African descent.

Carter G Woodson’s work helps us understand that African peoples are truly miseducated. This miseducation creates a serious identity crisis on the part of African youth and it causes many Black “educated” middle class people to spend more time trying to reach the consumer American Dream rather than working toward a real self-determination agenda of African peoples. As is written in the book “If you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action.”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

The story of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz is one that many on their path into consciousness can relate to. In his own words, Malcolm X narrates his rise from the depths of white supremacist subjugation to the leadership of the Black masses. As the son of a Garveyite, student of Elijah Muhammad, and mentor to so many still alive today, Malcolm X lefte behind an undeniable legacy of integrity and leadership by example.

The Isis Papers by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

It is from Dr. Frances Cress Welsing that we have an operational manual for combating white supremacy in the form of this book. In it, she lays out the terrain of the battlefield with descriptions of the ‘9 areas of people activity’ and how they have been used against us. Dr. Welsing remains one of the most influential Black psychologists of our time and perhaps of all time.

Negro with a Hat:The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey is credited as being one of the intellectual forefathers of United Black America, and most Pan-African movements. Never had the world heard a more passionate speaker, or witnessed a more dedicated worker for the creation of a United States of Africa. In a time when lynch mobs patrolled the streets, he rose up to lead countless millions toward sovereignty and victory, established the most audacious commercial endeavor by any Black man since, and gave Kwame Nkrumah, Elijah Muhammad, and WEB Dubois their ideas. This book is his story.