There are three books that mean more to me than the phone books taped to the ribs of a prison inmate. I re-read them every so often; their substance is ever applicable: they keep me on point, in case something pops off!
When the residents of Drew Hall dormitory on Howard University’s campus in Washington DC came to me, asking about suggested reading for the summer, I recited a list of only three books:
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, “Assata: an Autobiography”, and “Manchild in the Promised Land”, which was written by Calude Brown and published in 1965, the same year Brown graduated from Howard University.
A wise man once said, “Don’t ask a question, when your sitting in-front of a computer.”- King Anyi Howell
…And since we live in an age where information travels at the speed of light, I thought it’d be a bright idea to open thie question of a summer reading list to the word of facebook and twitter…these were my results:
Midnight – Sister Souljah
The Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison
Black Boy- Richard Wright
Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
Dutchman by Amiri Baraka.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm by Nancy Farmer
Vernon can Read by Vernon Jordan
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Outsider by S.E. Hinton
Black Power by Kwame Ture
Nat Turner by Kyle Baker
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Art of Seduction / The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene
The Pact” by Drs. Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis & George Jenkins.
Chasing America by Dennis Watlington
Browder Files by Anthony T. Browder
$40 Million Slave by William C. Rhoden
Destruction of Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams
…and finally, this book:
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
After compiling the list, I fell into a deep conversation with my barber about literature, and he even suggested this book to me. He likes the book , but hardly has time to read it; he referred me to the audio form of the book youtube has made available to the world…here is a clip (chapter 1) to get you started: