Black Women in History
- by Teresa Abney
- Posted on March 5, 2023
A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country.
A Black Women’s History of the United States: ReVisioning American History
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Revolutionary Women: 50 Women of Color Who Reinvented the Rules
Discover the remarkable true stories of a diverse group of women who were trailblazers and leaders in their field, becoming visible icons of excellence in their communities and beyond. From making their mark on the big screen and in the halls of NASA to ruling on the courts of the U.S. Open and the Supreme Court, their incredible stories will inspire you to embrace your authentic self and live your life in full color.
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells
Ida B. Wells is an American icon of truth telling. Born to slaves, she was a pioneer of investigative journalism, a crusader against lynching, and a tireless advocate for suffrage, both for women and for African Americans. She co-founded the NAACP, started the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago, and was a leader in the early Civil Rights Movement, working alongside W. E. B. Du Bois, Madam C. J. Walker, Mary Church Terrell, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony.
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100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women
Black Canadian women have not only distinguished themselves in their professional careers, but also strengthened, bolstered and uplifted their families, communities, professions, and the Canadian societal tapestry.
Reminiscences of My Life In Camp
Susie King Taylor (1848-1912) was an African American Army Nurse with the first Black Union troops during the Civil War. She wrote the only memoir of an African American woman who had experience with combat troops. She was also the first African American to teach in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics
Shaking up New York and national politics by becoming the first African American Congresswoman and, later, the first Black major-party Presidential Candidate, Shirley Chisholm left an indelible mark as an “unbought and unbossed” firebrand and a leader in politics for meaningful change.
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Black Women Writers at Work
Through candid interviews with Maya Angelou, Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alexis De Veaux, Nikki Giovanni, Kristin Hunter, Gayl Jones, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Margaret Walker, and Sherley Anne Williams, the book highlights the practices and critical linkages between the work and lived experiences of Black women writers whose work laid the foundation for many who have come after.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century
Jasmine Brown tells the stories of these doctors from the perspective of a Black woman in medicine. Her journey as a medical student already has parallels to those of Black women who entered medicine generations before her. What she uncovers about these women’s struggles, their need to work twice as hard and be twice as good, and their ultimate success serves as instruction and inspiration for new generations considering a career in medicine or science.
Nina Simone: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist
Simone is regarded as one of the most influential recording artists. Her music spanned styles including Classical, Folk, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Pop. A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.
Feeling Good—Nina Simone
To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (Available on Amazon Music)
Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone (20 songs, 1994)
Nina Simone: Silk & Soul (12 songs, 1967)
Sunday Morning Classics by Nina Simone (on Vinyl)
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Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
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Creating Their Own Image: The History of African American Women Artists
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Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
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All Rise: The Story of Ketanji Brown Jackson
From the time their daughter was born, Ketanji Brown’s parents taught her that if she worked hard and believed in herself, she could do anything. As a child, Ketanji focused on her studies and excelled, eventually graduating from Harvard Law School.
Years later, in 2016, when she was a federal judge, a seat opened on the United States Supreme Court. In a letter to then-President Barack Obama, Leila Jackson made a case for her mother—Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Although the timing didn’t work out then, it did in 2022, when President Joe Biden nominated her. At her confirmation, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black female Supreme Court Justice in the United States.
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The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship
From Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and fellow bestselling, award-winning creators S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly comes a heartfelt exploration of friendship, faith, and the joy of spreading kindness wherever you go.
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Strong Girls in History: 15 Young Achievers You Should Know (Biographies for Kids)
Girls are smart, capable, and determined! All over the world, young women have made huge strides in pop culture, politics, social justice, and more. This book explores 15 of these girls and the incredible impact they made before they were even 20 years old. Discover how they powered through challenges and stood up to anyone who said they couldn’t make a difference.
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Pauli Murray: A Personal and Political Life
The Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline Murray (1910–1985) was a trailblazing social activist, writer, lawyer, civil rights organizer, and campaigner for gender rights. She co-founded the National Organization for Women. In addition, Murray became the first African American to receive a Yale law doctorate and the first Black Woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest.
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The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michele Obama
“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it.” ~Michelle Obama
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Beside Every Great Man—is a Great Woman: African American Women of Courage, Intellect, Strength, Beauty & Perseverance
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Pregnancy While Black: The Ultimate Educational Tool from a Black Nurse to a Black Mom
Pregnancy for Black women in the United States and across the world looks a lot different than our female counterparts. Our voices are not heard with clarity, our fears are not validated by the professionals who are supposed to protect us. As an OB/GYN & baby nurse, over the years I have learned what it feels like to be the only Advocate in the room for a Black woman as their Black nurse.
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Power: The Rise of Black Women in America
Before sea to shining sea. Before spacious skies were pierced by purple mountains. Before the uniting of one nation. Black women learned to rise. In POWER: THE RISE OF BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA, award-winning journalist and digital media executive Charity C. Elder posits that there has never been a better time to be a Black woman in the United States.
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“We are sisters of this earth—members of one powerful tribe. Every color, shape, and size, we’re united by beauty inside.” ~Jada Pinkett-Smith
Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett-Smith
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The Archaeology of Harriet Tubman’s Life in Freedom
Harriet Tubman’s social activism as well as her efforts as a soldier, nurse, and spy have been retold in countless books and films and have justly elevated her to iconic status in American history. Given her fame and contributions, it is surprising how little is known of her later years and her continued efforts for social justice, women’s rights, and care for the elderly.
Tubman housed and cared for her extended family, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews, as well as many other African Americans seeking refuge. Ultimately her house just outside of Auburn, New York, would become a focal point of Tubman’s expanded efforts to provide care to those who came to her seeking shelter and support, in the form of the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged.
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Focus on the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Since the beginning of the US, women have fought for gender equality. Many women additionally fought for racial equality. Through current and historical photographs, learn about the women who fought for equality, such as Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisholm, and Adelina Otero-Warren, and learn about major events of the movement, including the Night of Terror and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Then discover the movement’s connection to modern issues and see how women continue fighting for change.
Step By Step—Whitney Houston
“Well, there’s a bridge and there’s a river that I still must cross as I’m going on my journey; Lord, I might be lost. And there’s a road I have to follow, a place I have to go. Well, no one told me just how to get there, but when I get there I’ll know ‘cause I’m taking it step by step, bit by bit, storm by storm, yeah, brick by brick, step by step, day by day, mile by mile, yeah…” ~Whitney Houston, Step By Step
This song is on The Preacher’s Wife movie soundtrack (1996)
Whitney: A Look Back (2022)—A Documentary. Entertainment Tonight shares never-before-seen Whitney Houston moments as part of a new special.
Whitney The Greatest Hits available on Amazon
The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack (11 songs)
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Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State
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Trailblazing Black Women of Washington State
From Nettie Craig Asberry, founder of the Tacoma NAACP, to Dr. Dolores Silas, now honored by a school bearing her name, these women forged a path amid adversity. Black women were crucial to the war effort, working as Rosies at Boeing during World War II, and in the post-war years, Seattle musicians like Edyth Turnham and Her Knights of Syncopation were in high demand. These teachers, scientists, and politicians served on boards, led protests, and fought for civil rights across the state.
How Long? How Long?: African American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights
Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
Born to an aspirational blue-collar family during the Great Depression, Constance Baker Motley was expected to find herself a good career as a hairdresser. Instead, she became the first Black woman to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court, the first of ten she would eventually argue. The only Black woman member in the legal team at the NAACP’s Inc. Fund at the time, she defended Martin Luther King, Jr. in Birmingham, helped to argue in Brown vs. The Board of Education and played a critical role in vanquishing Jim Crow laws throughout the South. She was the first Black woman elected to the state Senate in New York, the first woman elected Manhattan Borough President, and the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary.
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Documents of Freedom Boxed Set
This handsome three-book set features the three most historic founding documents of the United States of America: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, and The Bill of Rights.
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Black Women’s Rights: Leadership and the Circularities of Power
Carole Boyce Davies moves through the various conceptual definitions, intents, and meanings of leadership and the differences in the presentation of practices of leadership by women and feminist scholars.
Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion
Paying tribute to black models past and present: from the first to be featured in catalogs and on magazine covers, like Iman, Beverly Johnson, and Donyale Luna, to the supermodels who reigned in the 1990s—Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell. The book also observes the newest generation of models—Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls—who are shaking up the fashion industry by speaking out about racial prejudice and becoming social media sensations.
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Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow
Founder of a beauty empire, Madam C. J. Walker was celebrated as America’s first self-made female millionaire in the early 1900s. Known as a leading African American entrepreneur, Walker was also devoted to an activist philanthropy aimed at empowering African Americans and challenging the injustices inflicted by Jim Crow.
Poor and widowed when she arrived in St. Louis in her twenties, Walker found mentorship among Black churchgoers and working Black women. Her adoption of faith, racial uplift, education, and self-help soon informed her dedication to assisting Black women’s entrepreneurship, financial independence, and activism. Walker embedded her philanthropy in how she grew her business, forged alliances with groups like the National Association of Colored Women, funded schools and social service agencies led by African American women and enlisted her company’s sales agents in local charity and advocacy work.
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Lift Every Voice and Change: A Sound Book: A Celebration of Black Leaders and the Words that Inspire Generations
“When we lift every voice, we forge a deep and enduring connection to the past—and carve a tunnel of hope to a brighter future for us all.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success
The aim of this book is to be educational and inspirational with actionable principles you can incorporate into your own life straight from the great woman herself. When Oprah Winfrey speaks, the world listens. Health—both emotional and physical, and general wellness are the topics she often focuses upon. She is completely transparent with her own struggles in these areas, allowing herself to be relatable whilst also inspiring change.
“Black People Are My Business”: Toni Cade Bambara’s Practices of Liberation
This is the first monograph that focuses on Bambara’s unique approach and important literary contribution to 1970s and 1980s African American literature.
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Call Me a Woman: On Our Way to Equality and Peace
Equality can become our reality when each of us comes to terms with how we uphold inequality. The long-standing domination of men over women is reflected in our language, traditions, choices, votes, and what we do and don’t pay attention to. Become part of the solution and create a safer and more just world for girls and women. When women rise, we take the world with us.
Phylicia Rashad Appointed Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University (2021)
Phylicia Rashad Starred in Steel Magnolias (2012). Movie available on Amazon.
Phylicia Rashad Starred as Claire Huckstable, Wife, Mother, & Lawyer on the Cosby TV Show (1984-1992). Seasons 1 through 8 available on Amazon.
Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful
In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.”
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Ebony: Covering Black America
For the African American community, Ebony has been a breath of fresh air, speaking on issues and events from the Black perspective, celebrating Black standards of beauty and elevating heroes of Black America—athletes, entertainers, activists, elected officials, or some combination thereof. Ebony: Covering Black America, by Lavaille Lavette, is a celebration of the treasure trove of the magazine’s rich history, glamorous covers, groundbreaking cultural impact, and authentic coverage of Black American life from the magazine’s inception to the present.
New Criticism and Pedagogical Directions for Contemporary Black Women Writers
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Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids
The Black Girl’s Guide to Nursing School: Our Stories on How to Succeed
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How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens and Kings of Black Style
Through striking images of some of the most celebrated icons of Black style and taste, from Josephine Baker, Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Miles Davis to Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams, this book explores the cultural underpinnings of Black trends that have become so influential in mainstream popular culture and a bedrock of fashion vernacular today. A preponderance of Black musicians, who for decades have inspired trends and transformed global fashion, are featured and discussed, while a diverse array of topics is touched upon and examined—hats, hair, divas, the importance of attitude, the use of color, 1960s style, the influence of Africa and the Caribbean, and the beauty of Black skin.
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Native Women Changing Their Worlds
The 12 Native American and First Nations women featured in this book overcame unimaginable hardships―racial and gender discrimination, abuse and extreme poverty―only to rise to great heights in the fields of politics, science, education and community activism.
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African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900-1965
Few career opportunities were available to minority women in Appalachia in the first half of the 20th century. Nursing offered them a respected, relatively well paid profession and–as few physicians or hospitals would treat people of color–their work was important in challenging health care inequities in the region. Working in both modern surgical suites and tumble-down cabins, these women created unprecedented networks of care, managed nursing schools and built professional nursing organizations while navigating discrimination in the workplace.
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We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women’s History
This book was put together to reclaim, and to create heightened awareness about, individuals, contributions, and struggles that have made African American survival and progress possible.
The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women
These photos tell the story of how the sewing machine and the camera became powerful tools for women’s self-expression, revealing a truly glorious display of everyday beauty.
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Mental Health Journal for Black Women: Prompts and Practices to Prioritize Yourself and Nurture Your Well-Being
As a Black woman, you face unique social and cultural challenges when it comes to your mental health—but with the right tools, you can put yourself first and thrive. Created especially for Black women by a Black woman psychologist, this journal offers evidence-based exercises to help you reduce anxiety and stress, practice meaningful self-care, and maintain a positive perspective.
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Count On Me—Cece Winans & Whitney Houston
Bebe & CeCe Winans Greatest Hits (14 songs)
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The Life of Madie Hall Xuma: Black Women’s Global Activism during Jim Crow and Apartheid
Revered in South Africa as “An African American Mother of the Nation,” Madie Beatrice Hall Xuma spent her extraordinary life immersed in global women’s activism. As she shows, a confluence of history, ideas, and organizations both shaped Hall Xuma and centered her in the histories of Black women and women’s activism, and of South Africa and the United States.
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I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down by Jennifer Hudson
Supreme Actresses: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Hollywood
From Hattie McDaniel, the first actress of color to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1939, to Dorothy Dandridge, the first actress of color to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards in 1954. And from Ethel Waters, the first African American actress to be featured on an American sitcom in 1950, to Cicely Tyson, the first African American star of a TV drama in 1963. The performances by these talented actresses are ingrained into our memories.
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
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Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl by Sheryl Lee Ralph
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Vision Board Clip Art Book: Empower Your Dreams
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LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About
Patti LaBelle, living legend, beloved musical icon, “Godmother of Soul” and New York Times bestselling cookbook author, crafts a new collection of her favorite comfort food recipes to help you bring joy and flavor to your family’s table.
For Patti LaBelle, cooking isn’t simply about food—it’s about love. Raised in a family of fantastic Southern cooks, she has kept the lessons she learned in her beloved parents’ and aunts’ kitchens close to her heart but now, she shares these delicious family heirlooms.
New Attitude by Patti Labelle
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The Black Girl’s Guide to Healing Emotional Wounds
As Black girls, we suffer differently, and our history is complex. Nijiama Smalls is all too familiar with the suffering of Black girls and shares her personal journey of uncovering the origin of Black girl trauma while also addressing the ongoing process of healing and recovery from wounds caused by past hurts.
The beauty of this book is that it provides a prescription for healing in the form of a soul-cleansing process. Enter this journey so that you can be set free to live the life God has planned for you. Sis, it’s time to heal and end the suffering.
Black Designers in American Fashion
From enslaved 18th-century dressmakers to 20th-century “star” designers, via independent modistes and Seventh Avenue workers, the book traces the changing experiences of Black designers under conditions such as slavery, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. Within these contexts, Black designers maintained multifaceted practices which continue to influence American and global style today.
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Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America
Build a Legacy of Black Excellence. How big do you want to live? With the seven simple rules in Your Next Level Life, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve.
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Black Girl Coloring Book For Adults: 50 Beautiful African American Women Portraits In Different Outfits and Hairstyles
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The Black Woman: An Anthology
A collection of early, emerging works from some of the most celebrated African American female writers who remain strong when the weight of a world filled with racism and gender discrimination wants to drag them down.
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Prophesying Daughters: Black Women Preachers and the Word
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The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
The Strong Black Woman Syndrome. For generations, in response to systemic racism, Black women and African American culture created the persona of the Strong Black Woman, a woman who, motivated by service and sacrifice, handles, manages, and overcomes any problem, any obstacle. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives―never buckling, never feeling vulnerable, and never bothering with their pain.
Africa in Fashion: Luxury, Craft and Textile Heritage
Covering unisex fashion, menswear, womenswear, accessories and jewelry, the brands are each purposefully selected to contribute uniquely to the mosaic of Africa evolving creative landscape.
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Nadiya Bakes: Over 100 Must-Try Recipes for Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies, and More
The host of the beloved Netflix series Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes and winner of The Great British Baking Show returns to her true love, baking, with more than 100 delicious, Americanized recipes for sweet treats. Nadiya shares simple and achievable recipes for cakes, cookies, breads, tarts, and puddings that will become staples in your home.
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Self-Love Workbook for Black Women: Empowering Exercises to Build Self-Compassion and Nurture Your True Self
Give yourself the gift of self-compassion with this uplifting choice in self-care books for Black women.
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Dr. Jackie Walters
Married to Medicine Seasons 1 through 9 available on Amazon Prime Video.
The Queen V: What No One Ever Tells You (but Everyone Needs to Know) About Intimacy, Sex, and Down-There Health Care by Dr. Jackie Walters
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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Some say they’re two of the greatest athletes of all time. Before they were world famous, they were little girls with big dreams.
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Let Nobody Turn Us Around: An African American Anthology
This anthology of Black writers traces the evolution of African American perspectives throughout American history. The editors judiciously illustrate how both continuity and change affected the African American community in terms of its internal divisions, class structure, migration, social problems, leadership, and protest movements. They also show how gender, spirituality, literature, music, and connections to Africa and the Caribbean played a prominent role in black life and history.
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Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era
The Harlem Renaissance is considered one of the most significant periods of creative and intellectual expression for African Americans. By acknowledging the women who played vital—if not always recognized—roles in this movement, this book shows how their participation helped set the stage for the continued transformation of the black community.
Zora Neale Hurston
“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.” ~Zora Neale Hurston
“BUT I AM NOT tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all but about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more of less. No, I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” ~Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston: A Female Perspective on Voice and Identity in Black Folk and Literary Culture. Arthur Ashe Today. https://arthurashe.ucla.edu/2014/02/13/zora-neale-hurston-a-female-perspective-on-voice-and-identity-in-black-folk-and-literary-culture/
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century Five-Volume set
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More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys
As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia Keys has enraptured the globe with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.
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The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music by Roberta Flack
This autobiographical picture book by the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Roberta Flack recounts her childhood in a home surrounded by music and love: it all started with a beat-up piano that her father found in a junkyard, repaired, and painted green.
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We Are Here (An All Because You Matter Book)
Lyrical, affirmational, and bursting with love, We Are Here is a poignant story about Black and brown heritage and community.
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Our Little Sisters Cookbook by Candice Danae
Get a glimpse of our little sisters’ recipes including her most viral dishes on TikTok. From soul food, desserts, and breakfast. This cookbook shows easy step by step recipes!
Tell Your Life Story: The Write Your Own Autobiography Guided Journal
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Viola Davis: Finding Me: A Memoir
Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
India Arie—I Am Not My Hair
“I am not my hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within.” ~India Arie
India Arie’s album Testimony: Vol. 1 Life & Relationship
India Arie’s Worthy album (16 songs) available on Amazon Music
111 Hairstyles: A Visual Celebration of the Versatility of Black Hair
The hairstyles vary from very simple and elegant to complex and intriguing.
The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, Special Edition
Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present
Historical subjects such as Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker illuminate the past; Angela Davis and Muhammad Ali take us to the civil rights era; Denzel Washington, Lil’ Kim, and Michelle Obama celebrate the present.
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She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power
Readers go on a journey from the invasion of Africa into the Colonial period and the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Woman reveals power, from Queen Nzingha to Shirley Chisholm.
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When Broadway Was Black
A story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the twentieth century’s most beloved Black performers.
101 Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Leaders in Black History
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives
New York Times photo editor Darcy Eveleigh made an unwitting discovery when she found dozens of never-before-published photographs from Black History in the crowded bins of the Times archives in 2016.
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VIBE Hip Hop Divas
The dramatic rise of women to the top of the hip hop industry has never been chronicled before. The revolution was decades in the making, with the female pioneers fighting for a place in the hip hop boy’s club, confronting sexist attitudes, and grabbing their piece of the commercial pie while taking hip hop to new creative heights.
Black Women Will Save the World by April Ryan
“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the World, she melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.
Bet on Black: The Good News about Being Black in America Today
Eboni K. Williams knew that an important part of her mission as a media personality would be to unabashedly place Blackness on a pedestal. Williams has long known that Blackness is a rich, expansive place that centers resilience, excellence, beauty, panache, and brilliance. But these notions of Blackness have long been distorted by American racism, where for generations Black folks have been expected to live a subordinate, second-class existence in the country they call home.
Victory by Yolanda Adams
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The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book
More than ever, women’s voices need to be heard. Writing your book will change the world, starting with yours.
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Shadows Uplifted Volume II: Black Women Authors of 19th Century American Personal Narratives & Autobiographies
“Let us continue to uplift such shadows in our history, allowing them their corporeal bodies, flesh, blood, and melanated skin. Let us continue to uplift Black women: supporting and honoring their stories, their art, and their existence.” ~C.S.R. Calloway
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A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country. A Black Women’s History of the United States: ReVisioning American History This site has an affiliate marketing relationship with advertisements. I may receive a small referral fee or…