February is African Heritage month. Last year during African Heritage month, The Reader offered readers a peek at eight great popular and awarding winning black authors that we thought you should know about. This year, the theme of African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia is “Leading Ladies, Lasting Legacies”. It’s a celebration of the lives and achievements of African Nova Scotian women that draws attention to 6 particular women – Edith Cromwell, Ada Fells, Geraldine White, Beryl Braithwaite, May Sheppard, and Willena Jones – who have made great contributions to their communities.
Biographies are a wonderful way to learn about history and individuals, and they are just plain great reads. So, in the spirit of this year’s African Heritage Month theme, here are 8 biographies of black women that you should know about. It’s a mix of classics and new titles, local and international, but all of them represent interesting lives well worth knowing about.
Invisible Shadows: a Black woman’s life in Nova Scotia by Verna Thomas
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
Kinky Gazpacho: life, love & Spain by Lori L. Tharps
Michelle: a biography by Liza Mundy
Little X: growing up in the nation of Islam by Sonsyrea Tate
The Golden Road: notes on my gentrification by Caille Millner