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A Review of 2021 Books in Black Intellectual History


A Review of 2021 Books in Black Intellectual History

African American Museum Oakland Library, July 28, 2012 (Wikimedia Commons)

The following list is a sampling of books on African American history that were released during 2021. All of them have some tie to the broad genre of Black intellectual history—and also showcase the diversity of topics, themes, and methodologies within that field. 


Thomas Aiello. The Life and Times of Louis Lomax: The Art of Deliberate Disunity. (Duke University Press)

Davarian Baldwin. In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities. (Bold Type Books)

Shanna G. Benjamin. Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay. (University of North Carolina Press) 

Keisha Blain. Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America. (Beacon Press)

Regina N. Bradley. Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South. (University of North Carolina Press) 

Claudrena Harold. When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras. (University of Illinois Press) 

Yunxiang Gao. Arise, Africa! Roar, China! Black and Chinese Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century. (University of North Carolina Press) 

Van Gosse. The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War. (University of North Carolina Press) 

Edited by Robert Greene and Tyler D. Parry. Invisible No More: The African American Experience at the University of South Carolina. (University of South Carolina Press) 

Edited by Pamela Horowitz and Jeanne Theoharis. Julian Bond’s Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. (Beacon Press)

Edited by Ronald Angelo Johnson and Ousmane K. Power-Greene. In Search of Liberty: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century Atlantic World. (University of Georgia Press) 

Jared A. Loggins and Andrew J. Douglas. Prophet of Discontent: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Critique of Racial Capitalism (University of Georgia Press)

Kyle T. Mays. An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States. (Beacon Press) 

Warren Milteer Jr. Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South. (University of North…

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