Black history month is regarded by many as an ironic designation for the month of February. While the history of African Americans including their stories, accomplishments, and contributions are worthy of celebration, the existence of the month reminds us of the segregated historical accounts our societies operate under. When the American history timelines touted by academic institutions around the United States lack the inclusion of the minority figures, they fail to authentically tell the American story. Therefore, Black History month [originally a week] as envisioned by its founder Carter G. Woodson, is an opportunity for all people to reintroduce or introduce themselves to the true “record of what their forebears have accomplished” and avoid losing “the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” In this spirit we at the Kingdom Diversity Initiative at SEBTS present to you a list of our top resources representing the African American faith tradition.


Liberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology – J. Deotis Roberts

Plain Theology for Plain People Charles Octavius Boothe

African American Theology: An Introduction – Frederick L. Ware

A Black Political TheologyJ. Deotis Roberts

We Have Been Believers: An African American Systematic Theology (2nd Edition) – James H. Evans, Jr.

Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance – Reggie L. Williams

Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation – Cain Hope Felder

The Cross and the Lynching Tree James H. Cone

The Spirituality of African Peoples: The Search for a Common Moral DiscoursePeter J. Paris



The Half Has Never Been Told – Baptist, Edward. E.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson

Narrative of Sojourner Truth – Olive Gilbert & Sojourner Truth

The Autobiography of Malcolm XMalcolm X & Alex Haley

Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans – Albert J. Raboteau


Race and The Church

Divided by Faith – Emerson, M., & Smith, C.

Free at Last: The Gospel in the Black American Experience – Carl F. Ellis, Jr.

Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition Derek S. Hicks

Race MattersCornel West

Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South – Albert J. Raboteau


Other Black Literary Works

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum

The Souls of Black Folk – Dubois, W.

Why We Can’t Wait – Martin Luther King Jr.

The Mis-Education of the Negro – Carter G. Woodson

 The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Native Son – Richard Wright