They Blazed The Path For Us To Follow...
Sojourner Truth...From slave to feminist
Madame C. J. Walker...First African American woman millionaire
Mary McLeod Bethune...Educator and activist
Hattie McDaniel...First African American Academy Award winner
Ella Fitzgerald...Jazz singer and international celebrity
Barbara Jordan...Stateswoman and breaker of the color barrier
Marian Wright Edelman...Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund
Charlayne Hunter-Gault...Groundbreaking TV journalist
The contributions of these great women and more than forty others have helped to make America a place of freedom and opportunity. Yet their monumental importance has long been ignored in the media and classroom. While Oprah Winfrey’s astonishing success is widely recognized, the work of trailblazers such as June Jordan, advocate and author, and Johnetta Cole, president of Spellman College, remains in the shadows. Now, this informative anthology spotlights the shining accomplishments of fifty African American women. From the courage of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer to the high-energy performances of Tina Turner, here are strong women whose personal journeys show us what can be done...and inspire us to do it.
Amy Alexander edited The Farrakhan Factor and is 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.