black history literature

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange was an American playwright and poet best known for the Obie Award-winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. She was a self-proclaimed black feminist, and her work frequently addressed race and feminism. Shange was born Paulette L. Williams in 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey, where …

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Black History Month 2018 Zine

  It’s Black History Month 2018 in the UK & to celebrate I’ve got a Black History Month zine out with illustrations & biographies of 20 amazing women in black history! Get yours on Etsy https://etsy.me/2zyRCka Audre Lorde Octavia E Butler Kimberlé Crenshaw Angela Davis Sister Rosetta Tharpe Claudette Colvin Shirley Chisholm Katherine G Johnson Mabel …

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Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017. Burke became involved in civil rights activism while at University, where she organised press conferences …

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Sharmadean Reid

Sharmadean Reid is a British Jamaican entrepreneur who founded Beautystack and WAH Nails. Her mission is to use technology to empower women, economically, socially and culturally. Reid started WAH (We Ain’t Hoes) while studying Fashion Communication and Promotion at  Central Saint Martins. It began life as a hip hop zine focusing on the new wave of street smart …

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Comfort Momoh

Comfort Momoh is a FGM Consultant/Public Health Specialist and a staunch campaigner for the eradication of FGM. Momoh was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1981 she moved to the UK to train as a nurse at North Middlesex Hospital. While at the hospital, she discovered the practise of FGM and the impact this had on women’s lives. …

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was illustrated by Emma Thacker. It is featured in the Illustrated Women in History zine #5 which is available here http://etsy.me/2nMhm6n Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the ‘godmother of rock ‘n’ roll’. She was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. Tharpe’s mother encouraged her musically and by 4 years …

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Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott was the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament in 1987. She has since built a distinguished career as a Labour MP, broadcaster and commentator. Abbott was born in London in 1953. She attended the grammar school Harrow County and then went on to Newnham College Cambridge where she obtained a …

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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was an American playwright, civil rights activist and writer. Her groundbreaking play, A Raisin In The Sun was the first to be performed on Broadway written by a black woman and performed by a black cast. Hansberry was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to politically active parents. Eight years later, after her …