Not A Reader? Here are 10 Black Audiobooks You Can Download Now
Know thyself is an ancient proverb that we live by. Fortunately for those of you who cant, dont, or wont read, many of the books that we suggest can now be downloaded in audio formats. That means you can listen to the most important scrolls in Black Consciousness while you are on the bus, at the gym, or working on escaping the plantation!
Now there is no excuse to get the life-saving knowledge you need to gain knowledge of self! We have put together the 10 best audio books that we could find for the Kings and Queens who prefer to consume their knowledge via the spoken word.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
This book is required listening for all members of our organization! From 1978 to 2014, the prison population has risen 408% in the United States. This was not by accident, and The New Jim Crow exposes the reasons behind the growth of the system of mass incarceration, and how we can fight back! If you know of anyone currently incarcerated or you want to learn more about how we can dismantle this system of injustice, you need this book!
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Our Ancestor Frederick Douglass was a prominent Black Women’s Rights activist, an abolitionist, and one of the most intelligent Black men of the 19th Century. Following in the footsteps of Nat Turner, Douglass evolved from a so-called Negro preacher to being a life-long freedom fighter. His leadership by example should guide every step of members of the Black Conscious community!
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois
W.E.B. DuBois is credited with creating the First Pan-African Congress, a gathering that defined our approach to Pan-Africanism to this very day!
This book was written in 1903, but the lessons our Ancestor conveys to us still apply today. Take this quote from the book as an example: ” Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape.”
The Souls of Black Folk will change the way you think about yourself, your people, and the world around you!
The Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy
“The term Greek philosophy, to begin with is a misnomer, for there is no such philosophy in existence. The ancient Egyptians had developed a very complex religious system, called the Mysteries, which was also the first system of salvation.” – from Stolen Legacy
Stolen Legacy is not a book anyone could argue with. Almost every single sentence, every single paragraph is duly attributed to verifiable sources. George James must have been fully aware of the burden he was carrying when he wrote his monumental work. His is a book that is easily read and even easier to listen to – even by those of you new to Pan-Africanism.
In my opinion, no person should be allowed to teach African history who has not read Stolen Legacy. No one should call himself educated who has not listened to this book. The next time anyone throws a Ph.D in your face, your question should be ‘Have you read or listened to Stolen Legacy?’
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
The original Black Panther Party achieved so much in the oppressive environment of the 60s because of the truth of its political ideology. It was this audio book that laid the foundation for how our organization approaches politics, economics, and activism.
Beyond the lessons that can be learned, the story of the rise of Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party is one that will have you listening on the edge of your seat from the beginning of the audio until the end. Click the download button below to hear the entire history of one of the greatest Black organizations in history!
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
When we think of Here are just a few things you will learn from this audio book
- The forced sterilization of black women (what civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer plaintively called her “Mississippi appendectomy”) got its start during slavery, but has persisted in less overt forms in recent years.
- In the 1980s Blacks were intentionally left out of potentially life-saving anti HIV drugs. When those drugs came into widespread use in 1991, the Food and Drug Administration lied by saying that those drugs were not effective for Black patients. If more Blacks had been given access, one wonders if the number of HIV-infected African Americans be lower today.
- The Tuskegee Experiment was just one of hundreds of incidents where Black patients were exposed to disease intentionally to study the effects of that disease
This audio book will scare the hell out of you, but when we become aware of the weapons that have been used against us in the past we can protect yourself in the future.
Black History: History in an Hour
You cannot know yourself unless you know where you came from. Most Black men and women have a weak knowledge of their history because we have relied on our oppressor to teach it to us. If you truly want to gain knowledge of self, you must make it your responsibility to gain knowledge for yourself.
This audiobook covers a good deal of what you were not taught in the public fool system in under an hour. This is a great starting point if you are just coming into Black Consciousness!
The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence
The one thing that this audio book will open your eyes to is the fact that the weapons used against Africans on the Continent are the same as the weapons used against Africans in the Diaspora!
The Fate of Africa exposes these weapons in a way that is transparent, and issues a call to action for unity among Black folks, regardless of our location in the world. What happes to Africa, happens to all of us!
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Women played an equal role to the men in Kemet. And of all the women in history, few are as impressive as Suten Hatshepsut!
By focusing on commerce, she increased the wealth of the Dynasty she ruled over and broke the back of Arab invaders with successful military campaigns. Her success on the battlefield led to a long and peaceful reign – considerably longer than other Suten of her time. Her massive building projects can still be toured today, and serve as a testament to her administrative abilities and vision.
Suten Hatshepsut serves as an early example of both the beauty and power of our Black Queens. Her story should be told and remembered by every man, woman, and child in our community!
The Black God and Goddess of the Bible: The African Fight for Western Asia
Ethiopia is home to the oldest Christian tradition in the world, as well as the oldest tradition of Islam outside of Saudi Arabia.We know that Christianity today was a direct forgery from the African traditions of Kemet. This audiobook makes a few comparisons similar to the ones shown in the table below:
If you want to gain the kind of knowledge that will wake up the sleeping Christians around you, this is that knowledge!
If you dont see a particular book on the list above, leave a comment below with the title and we will track it down for you!