Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (1952).
In Invisible Man, a black man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college and to Harlem, where he experiences a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisiblity.
Black Boy, by Richard Wright (1945).
Black Boy is an autobiography by Richard Wright about his childhood growing up in the South. He would eventually move north to escape the racism of the South. He established his writing career in Chicago.
Cry, the Beloved Country is the story of Stephen Kumalo, a black Anglican priest from a rural Natal town who searches for his son Absalom in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa.
During the third trimester this year, Silent Reading students will need to pick a book to read as part of a book group, and 7th and 8th grade Language Arts students will need to read a "classic" independent reading choice. Each of these three books would be excellent selections for either of these purposes.