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'Bold women in black history': Fearless black women your kids should know about

Meet 11 of the 40 brave, black women celebrated in a new children's book by Vashti Harrison.
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Looking for a new bedtime story for your kids this Black History Month?

In "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History," author Vashti Harrison looks at the extraordinary stories of 40 African American women who shaped history.

From Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes to gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, Harrison looks at the struggles and accomplishments of these brave women. A talented artist, filmmaker and animator, Harrison accompanies each woman's story with a beautiful illustration.

We captured the stories of eleven of the women in Harrison's book — available on Amazon — in a list of fearless black women your kids should know about.

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