Within the pages of American history are the stories of remarkable African American women who have defied the odds, taken a stand for justice, and made incredible strides despite opposition from the culture around them. Now young readers can discover their exciting true stories in this eye-opening collection.
From well-known figures like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks to women rarely found in any history book, Women in Black History explores the lives of writers, athletes, singers, activists, and educators who have made an indelible mark on our country and our culture. Perfect for kids, but also for adults who like to read about important figures and unsung heroes, this collection will delight, surprise, and challenge readers.
Women in Black History Review
This is a fantastic book. I picked it up because I’d recently read something on Coretta Scott King, and I wanted to know more in general about black women in our history. Right from the beginning, it was made obvious how little I really knew. Half the names I didn’t recognize! The other half I really only had a passing familiarity with. I’d never heard of Phillis Wheatley (at least that I can recall), but the poem listed in this book was beautiful. She definitely had talent. While I had heard of Sojourner Truth, I’d never read the ‘real’ version of her speech. It was definitely powerful! Harriet Tubman… I knew she was involved with the Underground Railroad, but I had no clue about any other part of her life. Imagine your own husband telling you he’d tell your master if you ran! Mahalia Jackson had an amazing singing voice. (I’ve attached a link to the youtube video at the bottom of this review.)
I love how the author is able to communicate the ‘realness’ of the women. I didn’t feel like I was reading a history book about distant people in our pasts. I felt like I was reading their lives as they happened. I would highly recommend this book. Its highly insightful, entertaining, and educational.
I love the think / learn / create sections at the end of each essay on the women. Even though its obviously meant for children, I tried a few of them out myself, and they definitely made me think.
Now, truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan of the underlying religious message, but I haven’t let that weigh on my review of these stories. These women had faith, and it was important to them. They did good work, each of them. That’s the important part to me.
Overall, this really is a fantastic read, and one that we need to see on library shelves nationwide.