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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY REPOST: MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEIR OWN STORY

A LIST OF FAVORITE
BLACK FEMALE HEROES
&
A LIST OF FAVORITE
BLACK FEMALE AUTHORS








If you love your children set their minds loose in the fullness of history. Make sure your children, girls and boys, both are reading real life stories women, especially the stories of black and brown women over the course of their childhood into adulthood. 



Make sure they know their black and brown her-story in addition to their his-story, the  recent past and the distant past. 



We, as women,  have a heroic past and present that we know very little about as compared to how much we know about male history. Once you read a few of the books below, you'll begin to realize that our female ancestors have written down a perspective of history, especially black and brown history, that we only THINK we already know. 



So, make sure your children know the accomplishments and stories of 



ALICIA GARZA   March 4 1981
(black lives matter creator) 

PATRISSE CULLORS, 
(black lives matter creator)) 

OPAL TOMETI 
(black lives matter creator) 

Aisha Tyler  
Sept 18 1970

KIMBERLE CRENSHAW 
(INTERSECTIONALITY SOCIOLOGIST)  
May 5 1959  

J K Rowling, 
(HARRY POTTER) 
July 31 1965

Maria W Stewart,  
(FIRST FEMINIST SPEAKER)
1803

Gabrielle Union, 
Actress
October 29 1972

PAULI MURRAY,  
(Civil Rights Attorney)
November 20 1910

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 
(SUPREME COURT JUSTICE) 
March 15 1933

Diane Nash, 
(CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER)  
May 15 1938

ANNA ARNOLD HEDGEMAN, 
(CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, N.O.W. FOUNDING MEMBER)
July 5 1899

Zora Neale Hurston
(WRITER)
January 1891

Septima Clarke 
(CIVIL RIGHTS TEACHER) 
May 3 1898



Aja Monet 
(POET, SAY HER NAME ACTIVIST) 
August 21 1987

Sonia Sotomayor, 
(SUPREME COURT JUSTICE) 
June 25 1954

TYRA BANKS 
(MODEL/SPEAKER) - 

TYRA BANKS (Light Skinned Woman Keeping Images of DARK SKINNED Black Women Represented In America’s Top Model) 
December 4 1973 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/20/tyra-banks-feminist-yahoo-interview_n_6014274.html

Salma Hayek, 
(ACTRESS/FILM MAKER)
December 2 1966 http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/04/salma-hayek-feminist-women-the-prophet-interview

Shonda Rhimes 
(WRITER/PRODUCER BROWNING HOLLYWOOD 
ONE ACTOR/ACTRESS/DIRECTOR AND MUSIC ROYALTY AT A TIME)  
January 13 1970

Kerry Washington, 
January 31 1977

Viola Davis,
(ACTRESS)
August 11 1965

Margaret Cho
(COMEDIAN) 
December 5 1968

Tracee Ellis Ross
(ACTRESS)
October 29 1972 

Gina Prince Bythewood 
(DIRECTOR)
June 10 1969

Angela Bassett
(ACTRESS/DIRECTOR)
August 16 1958 

BARBARA SMITH,
(ACTIVIST/WRITER) 
December 16 1946

ANNA JULIA COOPER,
(ACTIVIST/WRITER)
August 10 1858 


Dorothy Height
March 24 1912

Ferdinand Barnett
(ATTORNEY/ACTIVIST)
February 18 1852


Jada Pinkett-Smith,
(ACTRESS/ACTIVIST)
Sept 18 1971

IDA B WELLS 
(JOURNALIST, FIRST ANTI-LYNCHING RESEARCHING SOCIOLOGIST, NAACP FOUNDING MEMBER)  
July 16 1862

JOAN MORGAN 
(WRITER/ACTIVIST - HIP HOP FEMINIST)
?

bell hooks  
(WRITER/ACTIVIST)
Sept 25 1952

Melissa Harris-Perry
(WRITER/TELEVISION ACTIVIST) 
October 2, 1973

Malaya Yousafzai
(ACTIVIST) 
July 12, 1997

Beyonce, 
(SINGER)
September 4, 1981

Don McPherson
(EX FOOTBALL PLAYER/FEMINIST ACTIVIST) 
April 2 1965

DELORES HUERTA, 
April 10, 1930


ANGELA DAVIS, 
(CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST)
January 26, 1944


Daisy Bates 
(CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST)

November 11, 1914



Rosa Parks
(CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST)
February 4, 1913

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHE 
(WRITER) 
September 15 1977

Coretta Scott-King  
April 27, 1927
(Never self-declared but this women's rights activist regularly showed up/spoke at feminist events like those hosted by Delores C Tucker) 

DELORES C TUCKER,
ACTIVIST
October 4 1927

Shirley Chisholm
November 30 1924 - 2005

India Arie 
(MUSICIAN)
October 3, 1975

BEVERLY BOND 
(BLACK GIRLS ROCK CREATOR)
December 19 

Jessica R Williams 
(Daily Show Comedian) 
July 31, 1989

Mara Brock Akil 
(PRODUCER/CREATOR BROWNING HOLLYWOOD 
ONE ACTOR/ACTRESS/DIRECTOR AND MUSIC ROYALTY AT A TIME)  )
May 27, 1970

Eva Longoria, 
(ACTRESS)
March 15, 1975 

Maya Angelou,
(POET)

April 4, 1928



Nannie Helen Burroughs (*no photo)

(Activist Shaped Black Church) 

May 2, 1879

AUDRE LORDE,
(WRITER/POET/ACTIVIST/SPEAKER) 
February 18, 1934


ALICE WALKER,

(WRITER)
 February 9, 1944

GLORIA ANZALDUA
(WRITER/SOCIOLOGIST)
September 26, 1942

SONIA SHAH 
1969?


PATRICIA HILL-COLLINS,

WRITER/SOCIOLOGIST  
May 1 1948


GLORIA STEINHEM, 
(WRITER/ SPEAKER/ MS. MAGAZINE FOUNDER)
March 25, 1934


DOROTHY PITTMAN HUGHES

(WRITER/ SPEAKER/ MS. MAGAZINE FOUNDER)
1938

Amandla Stenberg and Her Mama
(ACTRESS/SPEAKER ACTIVIST)October 23, 1998



PAULA J GIDDINGS  
(WRITER)
November 16 1947

SOJOURNER TRUTH  
(SPEAKER / ACTIVIST)
Born Isabella ("Bell") Baumfree
Born in 1797  
died November 26, 1883 

FREDERICK DOUGLASS
(SPEAKER/ABOLITIONIST/ SUPPORTER OF SUFFRAGE)
February 14 (chosen date) 1818  


HARRIET TUBMAN

(UNDERGROUND RAILROAD LEADER)
March ? 1822

MELISSA HARRIS PERRY'S READING LIST





DebLynn Additions (including fiction)


Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.  Americanah 
(Fiction: An African Woman Moves To United States. This award winning book has everything: drama, love, colorism,  and comedy) 




(Written like a journal entry/tabloid. But dozens of interviews give a fuller picture of Josephine)

Boyd, Julia A. Can I Get a Witness?
(Black Women And Depression)

Boyd, Julia A. In the Company of My Sisters

(Black Women And Self-Esteem)


(Very, very subjective, even as memoirs go. And her approach to life seems anti-feminist 80% of the time in the book. But it seems like an important alternative view of The Black Panthers nonetheless)



Burroughs, Nannie Helen (born 1879)

(IN SEARCH OF A GOOD BIOGRAPHY since I think she probably had a large hand in building the black church strong enough to be a central site for civil rights by the time the 1950s came around. Until then a link:  http://teachinghistory.org/system/files/black_women_and_reform.pdf


Butler, Octavia.  Kindred
(Sci-Fi. A black woman falls back through time and meets a white ancestor during slavery)

Danticat, Edwidge.  The Farming of Bones

(Historical Fiction - Dominican Republic/Haiti) 


(14 essays by 14 Black American Women)


hooks, bell.   All About Love: New Visions
(Radical new ways to think about love in private and public spaces)



(Black Women and Self-Recovery) 



Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God

(A classic brought back to the masses by Alice Walker. Janie is one of the strongest, most vulnerable protagonists ever written.)


Keckley, Elizabeth.Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, And Four Years in the White House (Even if this is a white controlled autobiography meant to glorify Lincoln's widow, this narrative is important as far as understanding the roots of class and color divisions in the black community)





(Haven't finished reading this yet)


(You wouldn't know who Martin Luther King was without her and the Women's Political Council)