Author: Malaika Adero
Publisher: Downtown Bookworks
A Black Woman Did That! is a celebration of strong, resilient, innovative, and inspiring women of color. With a vibrant mixture of photography, illustration, biography, and storytelling, author Malaika Adero will spotlight well-known historical figures and women who are pushing boundaries today—including Ida B. Wells, Madam CJ Walker, Shirley Chisholm, Serena Williams, Mae Jamison, Stacey Abrams, Jesmyn Ward, Ava DuVernay, and Amy Sherald.
Readers will recognize some names in the book, but will also be introduced to many important black women who have changed history or who are reshaping the cultural landscape. They’ll learn:
How Barbara Harris became the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church
How Misty Copeland became the first black principal dancer of the American Ballet Theaterhow the work and inventions of Dr. Patricia Bath have saved or restored the eyesight of people around the world
How Shirley Chisolm changed the face of politics in America
How Glory Edim has turned her passion for reading into a thriving online community that showcases black women in literature
How Cathy Hughes founded Radio One (now Urban One) and became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company
Entries on each woman or group will highlight their accomplishments, their world-changing words, and the ways in which their lives and actions have made the world a better place.
The book will also include a robust resource list of books, audio and visual recordings, and links, inviting readers, parents, and teachers to learn even more about the amazing black women featured in the book.
Malaika Adero, of Adero's Literary Tribe, LLC, works with writers and organizations developing and promoting books. She is the coauthor of The Mother of Black Hollywood with Jenifer Lewis (Amistad) and Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston (Doubleday). And she is the editor of Up South (The New Press), an anthology of writings and photographs on the Great Migration. She calls New York City, Atlanta, and Knoxville home.
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