Academic journal article Language Arts

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Academic journal article Language Arts

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison Little, Brown, 2017, 96 pp., ISBN 978-0-316-47511-2

In this groundbreaking collective biography, artist-filmmaker-storyteller Vashti Harrison introduces readers to 40 pioneering Black women from American history. While readers will likely recognize names such as Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey, they will also meet lesser-known figures, such as Phillis Wheatley and Ida B. Wells. Each two-page spread includes a mini-biography of three or four straightforward paragraphs, ideal for middle grade readers to process and remember key information, as well as a hand-drawn illustration of each woman in historical attire. Each "little leader" is drawn with the same closed eyes and warm smile, making them feel like new friends ready to tell their stories. The backdrop to each illustration includes details about their accomplishments, such as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm standing at a podium with her fingers raised in peace signs and astronaut Dr. …

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