Black Women's History Reads: 10 Books About And By Historical Figures

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While we celebrate Black women all year, March and April are particularly special as they are designated as Women's History Month and Black Women's History Month, respectively.

All of March, we've shouted out our faves, our legends, and our rising stars who broke barriers and are blazing new paths, making history in the process. There's tons of Black women historical figures out there –– some widely known and others, not so much. Thankfully, there are historians and record-keepers out there keeping these women's stories alive to share across generations.

To keep your Black Women's History Month educational and inspiring, here are 10 books by and about historical figures you should add to your list.

The 6888th Battalion

To Serve My Country, to Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African-American WACS Stationed Overseas During World War II

Author: Brenda L. Moore
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Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author: Rebecca Skloot
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Septima Clark
Freedom's Teacher: The Life Of Septima Clark

Author: Katherine Mellon Charron
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Rev. Addie Wyatt
Faith and the Fight for the Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality 

Author: Marcia Walker-McWilliams
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Judge Jane Bolin
Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

Author: Jacqueline McLeod
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Edmonia Lewis
Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis
Author: Jeannine Atkins
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The Women of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Hands on the Freedom Plow 

Editors: Judy Richardson, Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan
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Pauli Murray
Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray

Author: Rosalind Rosenburg
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Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism 

Author: Angela Davis
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Regina Anderson Andrews

Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Author: Ethelene Whitmire
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