Welcome to Women’s History Month!  So often we African Americans complain that the preceding month of February, Black History Month, is the shortest month of the year.  That may be, but I love this time of year since it gives me an annual excuse to celebrate Black women in history for both February and March.  Yes, I know Black History and women should be celebrated 365, but historical markers created to celebrate special people are just the American way.

The 2012 National Women’s History Month Theme is ‘Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.’  This year, I am lifting up the African-American women on whom I focused in my children’s book, Nappy.  Each week, I will share a list of 5 books you can read to educate your selves about these empowering women in our history.  I will also share a 1-minute video – a Nappy Narrative – with a few quick and interesting facts about my “Nappy Ladies.”

This week we kick things off with the fiery orator Sojourner Truth who fought against slavery and in favor of women’s rights.  A little known historical fact about Sojourner is that she made history by winning two court cases against prominent Whites. One of those cases ended the practice of segregated streetcars in Washington, DC almost a full century before the famous Rosa Parks bus ride!

I’ll leave you this week with five inspiring books about Sojourner Truth.

  1. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Penguin Classics)
  2. Black Abolitionism: A Quest For Human Dignity. (Bishop Henry Mcneal Turner/Sojourner Truth Series in Black Religion) By Beverly Eileen Mitchell
  3. A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography) by David Adler; illustrated by Gershom Griffith
  4. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  5. Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass by James Daley (includes Ain’t I a Woman?)

Keep those pages turning,




Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of several children’s books, a social entrepreneur, a literary advocate, and the Executive Producer of The Book Look a webseries airing on the African American Literary Book Club site and elsewhere.


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