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African American / Black Literature Research Guide

African American / Black Literature

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Book Awards

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Books contributing to understanding racism and cultural diversity, by The Cleveland Foundation

BCALA Literary Awards

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.

Carter G. Woodson Book Awards

National Council for the Social Studies

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, American Library Association

Darlene Clark Hine Award

Organization of American Historians

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Recognizes rising African American fiction writers.


Go On Girl! Book Club Annual Author Awards

Founded in 1991, with 30+ chapters supporting authors of the Black African Diaspora.

Hooks Institute's National Book Award

Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis, TN

Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards

Supports African American literature and named after Zora Neal Hurston & Richard Wright.

Langston Hughes Award medallion

City College of New York

NAACP Image Awards: Literary

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Hollywood Branch

Pauli Murray Book Prize

African American Intellectual History Society

Phillis Wheatley Book Award

QBR The Black Book Review and the Harlem Book Fair

W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award

National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Library Catalog

Dewey Decimal Numbers

Here are some suggested Dewey Decimal areas for browsing the library's shelves for books related to African American / Black Literature.

  • African American history: 973.0496073
  • African American literature: 810.9896073
  • African American music: 781.629607
  • Civil Rights movement in America: 323.1196073

Advancing Racial Equality Book Collection

The Logan Library's Advancing Racial Equality Collection contains about 80 books and DVDs / Blu-rays that address systemic racism, inequitable policing and/or protest through a humanities lens. To view the items in this collection, search "Advancing Racial Equality" as a keyword in the Title of Collection field in the Logan Library's library catalog. This collection was made possible with support from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and Indiana Humanities.


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