Women of Color Who Have Made an Impact in Our Lives

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Most of us have heard of Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks, both of whom have made a significant impact on the world. But there are many amazing women of color whose names are not taught in school or celebrated frequently.

Women such as Diane Nash, included in the book “Lighting the Fires of Freedom,” who was one of the first African Americans to serve lunch at a previously all-white lunch counter.

Or Ella Baker, who was a civil rights activist who founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a prominent organization in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement that united its young leaders.

Grace Lee Boggs, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was a writer and activist who worked closely with Black Marxist and Black Power leaders like Malcolm X and her husband James Boggs during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. In her book, “The Next American Revolution,” she writes about sustainable activism.

There are so many women of color from the past and in our present making a difference in the world around us! To learn more about these and other awesome women, check out these books from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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Black Prophetic Fire

Provides insights into nineteenth and twentieth century African American leaders and their accomplishments.