10 Books About Black Firsts

The Root recommends these books that highlight black breakthroughs and triumphs.

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Being the first often secures a person’s place in history. Check out these books to find out more about black men and women who achieved breakthroughs and triumphs that ensure their historic legacies.

1. Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s 1995 autobiography details his life as an anti-apartheid activist, his 27-year imprisonment and his rise to become the first black president of South Africa.

2. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama