“It is black women who are able to see out of their blackness, out of their womanness, often out of their poverty, and sometimes out of their privilege. So I believe it is going to be black women who will find the answers to many of the problems we face today.” —Johnnetta Cole, educator and former president of Spelman College
Their names are familiar, yet their importance is often overlooked. These women are former slaves, housewives, college professors, Nobel and Pulitzer and National Book Award and Olympic Gold winners. And they are all survivors—women who emerged from servitude and discrimination to change the world. The vivid and inspiring portraits inside tell the story of each of these African-American women’s personal journey and her monumental contributions to our society.
Amy Alexander edited The Farrakhan Factor and is the coauthor, with Alvin Poussaint, M.D., of Lay My Burden Down. She is a contributing writer for the Boston Globe and a media columnist at Africana.com. She has been a staff writer for the Miami Herald and was the 1992 recipient of the California Newspaper Publishers Award for her coverage of the Los Angeles riots. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.