Little leaders

Bold women in black history

Little leaders: Women in Black History, is a collection of short bios of accomplished African American women. The bios include women in a wide range of fields science, arts, journalism, politics, sports, who range from popular cultural figures like Oprah Winfrey to activist/scholar Angela Davis. The women are presented chronologically by birth date; the first woman profiled is poet Phillis Wheatley, born in 1753, and the last is gymnast Dominique Dawes, born in 1976. Each profile is paired with a full-page illustration that has a muted background depicting the woman’s field.



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One Black History Month, Vashti Harrison illustrated one African American woman from history every day and posted the portraits online along with a small biography. It resulted in this beautiful and profound book, which chronicles the struggles and achievements of historic and contemporary black women. A collection of 50 great black women is also very welcome for any school library or shelf at home.

Not just for girls, this is an inspiring book for any child as it shows how a determined nature, ambition, and hard work can make important changes in the world.




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Vashti Harrison
Vashti Harrison is a writer

Part author - Illustrator - filmmaker Vashti Harrison is an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in cinematography and screenwriting and a love for storytelling. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Cinematography. She received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories in both the film and kidlit worlds.

Her Experimental films and videos focus on her Caribbean Heritage and folklore. They have shown around the world at film festivals and venues including the New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival.




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