Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Hardcover – 1 Mar 2018
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Be bold. Be courageous. Be you. Be true. That's the message of this empowering, informative, and beautifully illustrated book. (Brightly)
This one is for shelves everywhere. Read it with all your sons and daughters and share it far and wide. (Picture Books Blogger)
A book to put into primary classrooms, secondary school libraries, to buy for families, and to share and discuss wherever and whenever you can - I certainly intend to. (Red Reading Hub)
Although there is a little more recognition of BAME and diverse voices in history now, and a little more recognition that all people need to be represented in publishing, there is still a gap in the market for such titles. This beautiful little book aims to plug one gap. (Minerva Reads)
As long as we're celebrating complicated women - women who have done good and bad things, women who have succeeded, women who have failed but tried, women who are brilliant on a world stage, women who are brilliant in their own communities - I'll carry on pressing these books into the hands of women I know. (Phoenix magazine)
About the Author
Vashti Harrison earned her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts and BA from the University of Virginia. Her experimental films and documentaries have shown around the world at film festivals. After a brief stint in television as a production coordinator, she is now a freelance graphic designer and a picture-book illustrator. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
From the Publisher
Meet the Little Leaders!
From a young age, Shirley's big voice was unmistakable.
Born in Cardiff, she was the youngest of seven children in a blended mixed-race family.
Racial discrimination and poverty were a constant issue, and Shirley had to leave school at 16 to work in a factory.
But she kept singing in pubs and clubs, and was soon talent spotted, and was propelled to stardom.
She sang the title tracks to three James Bond films, and became famous all over the world for her amazing voice and glamorous style.
Dr Mae Jemison
When she was a child, Mae loved to read about science and astronomy.
She really wanted to become a scientist, and studied chemical engineering and African American studies at university.
She was inspired by Dr Martin Luther King to help people, and became a doctor, and travelled all over the world.
She always wanted to go to space, and so applied to work at NASA, and became the first black woman to join the astronaut training programme.
A few years later, she flew into space! The first African American woman to do so.
When Tessa was just nine years old, she moved from Jamaica to the UK, settling in Wolverhampton.
She loved sport, and showed a lot of promise in the javelin and heptathlon events.
Breaking lots of records, she earned a place on the Commonwealth Games, and then the Olympics.
In 1984 she won gold for Great Britain in the Olympics in Los Angeles, the first British woman to win gold in the heptathlon and the first British woman to win any Olympic gold.
Rosa hated the rules of segregation in her home of Montgomery, Alabama.
One of the rules affected where she could sit on the bus. The front of the bus was reserved for white people, and the back was for black people.
The middle was an overflow, but if one white person wanted to sit in the middle, all black people had to leave and stand at the back.
One day, Rosa refused to move and was arrested. It sparked a public outcry, and a boycott of the public transport system.
A year later, the buses became integrated!