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The Master List of Black Consciousness Books

United Black America Reading List

Required Reading for All Third Degree Members

The 12 Black consciousness books below were chosen to give new members of our organization an understanding of our ideology. However, no matter where you are on your path, you will find these scrolls helpful. Click on one of the links below to jump to the title of your choice.

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The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey

By Colin Grant

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.

Destruction of Black Civilization

Great Issues of a Race from 4500BC to 2000AD

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 real 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

The impact of the weapons of white supremacy on Africa's economic condition

By Walter Rodney

Dr. Walter Rodney gave his life to write this book. Literally.

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. Dr. Rodney reveals 14 ways colonialism intentionally debilitated African growth to keep the continent in a state of dependence on the west.

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.


The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State

By 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!

Inroduction to Maat Philosophy

Spiritual Enlightenment Through the Path of Virtue

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.

If you are a student of African spirituality, this book must be on your shelf and in your heart!

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Dr. Carter G. Woodson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery by Na'im Akbar


Philosophy and Ideology for De-Colonization

By Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah was the first democratically elected President of Ghana and a devout Pan-African. Much of the philosophy that our organization adopted with respect to decolonizing the African mind came from Dr. Nkrumah.

Shortly after realizing Ghana’s independence, Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown by a CIA backed coup. He fled to Ghana where he and Stokely Carmichael would found the All-Africans People Revolutionary Party – a Sister organization of the Pan-African Alliance.


The Keys to the Colors

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.



The National Plan to Empower Black America

By Dr. Claud Anderson

If your area of focus is economics, this book is a must read.

Dr. Anderson’s ideas should not be taken as the last word on Black economic power, but as the first. We should have taken and ran with his ideas long ago by innovating, building black cooperatives and new economic models, and by insulating our economy from the disasters of the global economy as a whole.

There is no time like the present to put Powernomics into action. Start by grabbing a copy of the book here.