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Audiobooks for Juneteenth

Audiobooks for Juneteenth

These publisher-nominated audiobooks highlight new releases and bestsellers perfect for celebrating Juneteenth.

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Black on Both Sides

A Racial History of Trans Identity

By C. Riley Snorton
Narrated by: C. Riley Snorton
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

The story of Christine Jorgensen, America's first prominent transsexual, narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives. Their erasure from trans history masks the ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. In Black on... Read more »

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On Juneteenth

By Annette Gordon-Reed
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 3 hours 44 minutes

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the nation’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction... Read more »

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Carry On

Reflections for a New Generation

By John Lewis, Andrew Young & Kabir Sehgal
Narrated by: Don Cheadle
Length: 2 hours 20 minutes

*GRAMMY WINNER*
*Nominated for an Audie for Best Business/Personal Development Audiobook*

A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life.


Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil Rights Movement and... Read more »

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Juneteenth for Mazie

By Floyd Cooper
Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price & Tyla Collier
Length: 7 minutes

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history: the day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth. Read more »

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Black Ghost of Empire

The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation

By Kris Manjapra
Narrated by: Robin Miles & Kris Manjapra
Length: 8 hours 51 minutes

If the 1619 Project illuminated the ways in which life in the United States has been shaped by the existence of slavery, this “historical, literary masterpiece” (Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy) focuses on emancipation and how its afterlife further codified the racial caste system—instead of obliterating it.

To understand why the shadow of slavery... Read more »

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Black Magic

What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph

By Chad Sanders
Narrated by: Chad Sanders
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

A “daring, urgent, and transformative” (Brené Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Dare to Lead) exploration of Black achievement in a white world based on honest, provocative, and moving interviews with Black leaders, scientists, artists, activists, and champions.

“I remember the day I realized I couldn’t play a white guy as well as a... Read more »

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Chasing Me to My Grave

An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South

By Winfred Rembert
Narrated by: Dion Graham & Karen Chilton
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

Winfred Rembert grew up in a family of Georgia field laborers and joined the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager.

He was arrested after fleeing a demonstration, later survived a near-lynching at the hands of law enforcement, and spent the next seven years on chain gangs. During that time he met the undaunted Patsy, who would become his wife....

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Black Joy

By Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Narrated by: Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

With deeply personal and uplifting essays in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today, this is “a necessary testimony on the magic and beauty of our capacity to live and love fully and out loud” (Kerry Washington).

When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for The Washington Post, she... Read more »

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Carefree Black Girls

A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

By Zeba Blay
Narrated by: Zeba Blay
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

Carefree Black Girls is an exploration and celebration of black women’s identity and impact on pop culture, as well as the enduring stereotypes they face, from a film and culture critic for HuffPost.

In 2013, Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term “carefreeblackgirls” on Twitter. It was, as she says, “a way to carve out a...

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An Abolitionist's Handbook

12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

By Patrisse Cullors
Narrated by: Ariel Blake
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

The audiobook features an introduction written and read by Prentis Hemphill as well as an exclusive bonus conversation with the author and adrienne maree brown.

In AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK, Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the...

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Dear Miss Metropolitan

A Novel

By Carolyn Ferrell
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Dear Miss Metropolitan

“This novel is, in a word, heartbreaking. Dear Miss Metropolitan is going right to the top of my recommendation list for 2021.”

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Somebody's Daughter

A Memoir

By Ashley C. Ford
Narrated by: Ashley C. Ford
Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

"Ashley C. Ford brings listeners into her life in this outstanding coming-of-age story...Listeners will cheer as Ford attends college and weep as she visits her father in prison, and when he is finally released." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

This program is read by the author, and includes a bonus conversation between the author...

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours

Razorblade Tears

“At once gritty and graphic, tender and heart wrenching, Razorblade Tears is the story of two fathers hardened by life circumstances and their respective prejudices who seek vengeance against those who killed their gay sons. The audio was perfection. We NEED this novel to be on the big screen, with Denzel Washington playing Ike. ”

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A Chorus Rises

A Song Below Water novel

By Bethany C. Morrow
Narrated by: Cherise Boothe & Eboni Flowers
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

"Narrator Eboni Flowers creates the perfect voice for the charismatic Naema in this thoughtful story meshing magic and media." -- AudioFile Magazine

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM YA SENSATION BETHANY C. MORROW

Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the...

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The Freedom Race

The Dreambird Chronicles: Book #1

By Lucinda Roy
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 19 hours 17 minutes

"Adjoa Andoh's heartfelt narration enriches this speculative story set in a near-future America after a second civil war." -AudioFile Magazine

The Freedom Race
, Lucinda Roy’s explosive first foray into speculative fiction, is a poignant blend of subjugation, resistance, and hope.


The second Civil War, the Sequel, came and went in the United States...

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Unbound

My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

By Tarana Burke
Narrated by: Tarana Burke
Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

"Tarana Burke, I just finished Unbound. Searing. Powerful. Needed!! Thank you." —Oprah

“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories.
Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené Brown

One of BookPage's 10 Best Audiobooks of 2021

This program is read by the author.

From the founder and activist...

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Her Honor

My Life on the Bench...What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It

By LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
Narrated by: LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

This program is read by the author.

In Her Honor, Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts.


Judge Cordell, the first African American woman...

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My Monticello

Fiction

By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, January LaVoy, Landon Woodson, LeVar Burton, Ngozi Anyanwu & Tomiwa Edun
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

My Monticello

“A dynamic, and timely, debut by a new voice in fiction, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. This collection is comprised of five short stories and one novella all set in the state of Virginia. As you read these stories, you will experience, and feel, the gamut of human emotion as the voices and themes in each are different. The author explores race, identity, and an imagining of the future in the novella "My Monticello". Thought-provoking.”

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Entertaining Race

Performing Blackness in America

By Michael Eric Dyson
Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
Length: 21 hours 3 minutes

This program is read by the author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop comes Michael Eric Dyson's Entertaining Race.

For more than thirty years, Michael Eric Dyson has played a prominent role in the nation as a public intellectual, university professor, cultural critic, social activist and ordained Baptist...

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The Black Agenda

Bold Solutions for a Broken System

By Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman
Narrated by: Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Chanté McCormick, Donna Allen, Keylor Leigh, Michael Ward, Robin Eller & Terrence Kidd
Length: 6 hours 2 minutes

The first book of its kind, a collection bringing together leading Black scholars and experts for a policy-oriented approach to the fight for racial justice in America.

From ongoing reports of police brutality to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black Americans, the year 2020 brought a renewed awareness to the deep-rootedness of...

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