Books for changing the world

Haymarket Books by Black Women, for Liberation

“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free.” 
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Here we present a reading list of books by Black women who are engaged in the work of history-making, radical imagining, and movement building. All of these books are currently 40% off.

This beautiful new edition of Angela Davis’s classic Autobiography features an expansive new introduction by the author.

Abolition. Feminism. Now. is a celebration of freedom work, a movement genealogy, a call to action, and a challenge to those who think of abolition and feminism as separate—even incompatible—political projects.

What if social transformation and liberation isn’t about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? In this timely collection of essays and interviews, Mariame Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and transformative political struggle.

From New York Times Bestselling Author Mariame Kaba, a poignant, beautifully illustrated story of a little girl’s worries when her Mama goes to jail, and the love that bridges the distance between them.

Mahogany L. Browne’s evocative book-length poem explores the impacts of the prison system on both the incarcerated and the loved ones left behind. 

“For feminists of all kinds, astute scholars, or anyone with a passion for social justice, How We Get Free is an invaluable work.” Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal

“Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation.” —Michelle Alexander 

The Billboard is about a fictional Black women’s clinic in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and its fight with a local gadfly running for City Council who puts up a provocative billboard: “Abortion is genocide. The most dangerous place for a Black child is his mother’s womb,” spurring on the clinic to fight back with their own provocative sign: “Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves. Abortion is self-care. #Trust Black Women.”

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.

Featuring 30 poems, 30 artworks, an author statement and an interview, Too Much Midnight draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color.

A collection of compelling narratives highlighting the struggles of feminist warriors in the Global South whose voices are too often marginalized.

Activist, teacher, author, and Black Power icon Angela Y. Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.

Poet and scholar Eve L. Ewing reflects on race, class, violence, segregation, and the hidden histories that shape our divided urban landscape.

An imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Undivided Rights highlights the evolving and too often unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice on their own behalf.

A sweeping collection of the most vital and representative writings by Black Panther Party members, including a section devoted to the contributions of Black Panther women.

Powerful narratives of people surviving the devastating affects of life in long term incarceration.

A remarkable children's book illustrating the unbreakable love shared by a young girl and her father—despite the prison bars that separate them.

Powerhouse, world-renowned queer poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora.

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for poetry, Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory.

A refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.

Poet Aja Monet's ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the tiny gods who fight to change the world.

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