Words can both inspire and destroy. In these troubled and turbulent times, Keys Weekly offers an inspirational reading list as a historical reminder of  our nation’s identity–and how we are all striving to better uphold the ideals of “One Human Family.” 

10. The New Jim Crow — Michelle Alexander 

9. To Kill A Mockingbird — Harper Lee 

8. Devil In The Grove — Gilbert King 

7. The Book of Night Women — Marion James 

6. The Autobiography of Malcolm X — as told to Alex Haley 

5. The Underground Railroad — Colson Whitehead 

4. Roots — Alex Haley 

3. Invisible Man — Ralph Ellison 

2. The Marrow of Tradition — Charles W. Chesnutt 

1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin — Harriet Beecher Stowe

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