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A Black Woman Did That

A Black Woman Did Thatis 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 Theater 
  • how Shirley Chisolm changed the face of politics in America 
  • 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.