In Praise of Black Women: Modern African Women

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Modern African Women offers powerful and unforgettable tales from Senegal to South Africa, from the nineteenth century to the present. These modern African rulers, leaders, and visionaries include Madam Yoko, Queen of the Kpaa Mende and national heroine of Sierra Leone; Princess Kesso, a Fulani Muslim princess from Guinea who became one of the world’s first black models; Alice Lenshina, who fought British colonial rule in Zambia and was considered a prophet in the Lumpa Church; Ellen Kuzwayo, member of the ...
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Overview

Modern African Women offers powerful and unforgettable tales from Senegal to South Africa, from the nineteenth century to the present. These modern African rulers, leaders, and visionaries include Madam Yoko, Queen of the Kpaa Mende and national heroine of Sierra Leone; Princess Kesso, a Fulani Muslim princess from Guinea who became one of the world’s first black models; Alice Lenshina, who fought British colonial rule in Zambia and was considered a prophet in the Lumpa Church; Ellen Kuzwayo, member of the African National Congress whose struggle for civil and women’s rights landed her in prison; Dulcie September, the ANC representative in France, killed for her ardent support for the cause of freedom; Miriam Makeba, internationally loved singer South African singer; Winnie Mandela, who carried on the struggle during Nelson Mandela’s long imprisonment; and many others.
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"Simone Schwarz-Bart’s goal is to rescue and reconstruct the lives of black women world wide. . . . Informative, uplifting, and inspiring!"—Howard Dodson, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

"This enchanting work transports the reader back in time and gives a voice to the little-known black women of the past."—Publishers Weekly

"What a beautiful book!!! And three more like this??? We are excited!"—QBR The Black Book Review

"Visually stunning.... Every page contains high-quality color reproductions, including many full- and double-page spreads, of rarely seen art works and images of African history and culture." —Library Journal

"This book will be in demand particularly during the months devoted to Black History and Women’s History.  An invaluable and fascinating resource."—School Library Journal

"The author of this book, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and the book publisher, Sandrah Monthieux Pélage, have compiled a priceless source of valuable information, which will provide the building blocks for reintroducing the contributions of Black Women to a multitude of fields of study and disciplines."—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

"New African is proud to recommend to its readers this wonderful tribute to black women"—New African

Library Journal
In this third volume of a four-part series, novelist Schwarz-Bart (The Bridge of Beyond) celebrates African women with striking images and unforgettable stories of their struggles and triumphs. Previous works covered ancient African queens and heroines of the slavery era; Volume 4 will feature portraits of modern women of the diaspora. In Modern African Women, which spans from the 19th century to the present and is roughly chronological, there are prophets, a princess, an empress, a lioness, and other rebellious women who defied the ancient customs of their homeland. The mix also includes well-known visionaries like Buchi Emecheta, a Nigerian who broke the greatest taboo for Ibo women by leaving her husband and becoming a writer; Miriam Makeba, the famous South African singer banned from her country for speaking out against apartheid; and Winnie Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela and an activist once considered "mother of the nation" but who was recently sentenced to five years in jail for fraud and theft. As a bonus, the book offers poetry, proverbs, and brief historical treasures. A valuable resource for black studies and women's studies collections, this is highly recommended.-Ann Burns, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Third in a series of four pictorial biographies, this richly illustrated book explores the various historical and cultural contexts in which each of 14 women lived and worked. Evocative artwork, folklore, narratives, and photographs help teens to better understand the subjects' world. They were all born between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Some were powerful and savvy queens, such as Madam Yoko of Sierra Leone, Yaa Asantewa of Ghana, and Zauditu of Ethiopia. A few, including Bessie Head of South Africa, Mariama Ba of Senegal, and Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria, are internationally known literary figures. Others made their mark in political activism, religion, or fashion modeling. One chapter is devoted to Miriam Makeba. Fellow South African Winnie Mandela is also included, with anecdotes from her sprinkled throughout. This volume is full of information that is entertaining, sometimes sad, yet always inspiring and compelling.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299172701
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: In Praise of Black Women Ser.
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Schwarz-Bart is the author of six novels and a play, which have been translated and published in many languages; Between Two Worlds and The Bridge of Beyond have been published in English. André Schwarz-Bart is the author of three novels, including Le Dernier des justes (The Last of the Just), which was awarded the 1959 Prix Goncourt and has been translated into twenty languages. Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurov have previously translated two works by French novelist Patrick Chamoiseau into English: Solibo Magnificent and Texaco. They translated In Praise of Black Women with Stephanie Daval. Howard Dodson is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments: The Eye of Love ix
Madam Yoko 2
Yaa Asantewa 18
Zauditu 36
Alinsitowe Diatte 56
N'Galifourou 76
Mariama Ba 92
Princess Kesso 106
Buchi Emecheta 124
Alice Lenshina 140
Bessie Head 154
Ellen Kuzwayo 170
Dulcie September 188
Miriam Makeba 202
Winnie Mandela 222
Principal Works Consulted 241
Sources of Texts Cited 245
List of Illustrations 248
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