Dr. Leslie B. McLemore’s Recommended Reading List

The Souls of Black Folk

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co.; [Cambridge]: University Press John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, U.S.A., 1903; Bartleby.com, 1999.

 ISBN: 1-58734-008-9.


 The Mis-Education of the Negro

Carter Godwin Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Nego, The Associated Publisher, 1933. And Africa World Press; 1990 Africa World Press Inc ed edition (July 1, 2006)

ISBN-10: 086543171X


Before the Mayflower

Lerone Bennett, Jr. Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America 1619-1966 by Chicago: Johnson Publishing Co., rev. ed.1966.   

Publisher: Johnson Publishing Company (IL) (April 2003)
ISBN-10: 0874850916


From Slavery to Freedom

 John Hope Franklin, From Slavery to Freedom; Knopf, Alfred Publisher-a

ISBN-10: 0375406719



Local People

John Dittmer, Local People; University of Illinois Press, 1995

ISBN-10: 0252065077



I’ve Got the Light of Freedom

Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom; University of California Press, 1997.

ISBN-10: 0520207068


 Coming of Age in Mississippi

Ann Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi; Bantam Dell- a division of Random House, Inc. New York, NY. 1968 (Moody)

Publisher: Dell (January 4, 1992)
ISBN-10: 0440314887


In struggle the Story of SNCC

Clayborne Carson, In Struggle the Story of SNCC, Harvard University Press, 1995.

Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 3, 1995)
ISBN-10: 0674447271


Where do we go from HERE:  Chaos or Community

Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community; Beacon Press; 1968.

Publisher: Beacon Press; 3rd Printing edition (1968)
ISBN-10: 0807005711


So the Heffners left Mccomb

William Hodding Carter, II, So the Heffners Left McComb; Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965.



10 thoughts on “Dr. Leslie B. McLemore’s Recommended Reading List

  1. I have read all of these also. Coming of Age in Mississippi, I read as a student back in the fall of 1970 when I took my first course in Speed Reading. Dr. John Dittmer was a Professor of History during my undergraduate years at Tougaloo College. I certainly do appreciate the recommended reading list that Dr. McLemore has posted and admonish all to take advantage.

  2. Excellent
    Reading that will keep you purposeful, focused and enhanced in your soul. Where is the open campus book club? And, when do we meet to discuss these treasures?

  3. Dr. McLemore:

    Great reading list…read most of the books when student at JSU, Class of ’78 and ’80.

    Frances Hunt-Burrus

  4. Everyone should read The Mis-Education of the Negro. It is one of the books I recommend to all my students. Dr. McLemore’s entire recommended reading is very encouraging.

  5. Excellent list Dr. McLemore. The Souls of Black Folk was an early gift from my father and first foray into the philosophies of the African throughout the diaspora.

  6. This is a great list. In my class we cover these books and many others including documents before 1900. The SS 111, Ethnic Studies: A Survey of Blacks in America is a very important class and, Before the Mayflower is the textbook. It is my hope that one day this class is mandatory for all students at Jackson State University.

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  8. A great list of books. I read The Souls of Black Folk each year. I am pleased to have a president who still believes that reading might be important.

  9. I’ve read all of these….. The Soul of Black Folk sits on the table at the foot of my bed. Coming of Age in Mississippi use to be on the 9th grade reading list…

    This is a pretty decent list.

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