On the days when my grandmother would tire, her stories used up, her memories dim, I remember how she would croon to herself, “I’d write a book, but who would read it,” and yet go on.
From the stories of all our grandmothers untold—yours and mine—and for all of their very great- and very grand-children, here, I hope, is the book they would have written. Here is their power, their strength, their pain, their ways, and their better days. Here, are their woes and their problem solving, their laughter and their haughty, naughty ways. Here, too, are our stories, the ones we would put in our hope chest, woven into tapestries, knowing that we today are the ancestors of tomorrow. And, as you read of these our Sister Days, somewhere beyond our Grandmas smile. Somewhere, our Grandpas glance upon the docks of our day and look to the horizons their dreams helped paint.
Yes, my Sisterlove, so begin our days. . . . .
- from the Introduction
Throughout history, African American women have tapped untold resources of wisdom and courage to conquer impossible odds. We have persevered through dangerous times. We have nurtured families, loved knowledge, and pursued dreams as varied as the women who dreamed them. Along the way, we have forged new inroads for universal human rights and made history.
Now Janus Adams offers you a daily invitation to share in this life-affirming legacy in 365 inspired entries. Each has an amazing little-known story to tell. Each day is a new opportunity to savor precious gifts of motivation and compassion.
Here are 365 uplifting meditations on confronting life’s daily challenges, daring and discovery, resistance and resilience; on surviving and thriving; inspirations from the lives of real women in real times and how they made a way out of no way. How did Harriet Tubman—an internationally-renowned freedom-fighter, illiterate and impoverished—get the money to buy her dream house? How did Bessie Coleman earn an international pilot’s license six years before Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo flight? How a washerwoman becomes a “Wild West” legend—Stagecoach Mary? How did a teenage mother becomes the world-renowned writer, Maya Angelou? How did media mogul Oprah Winfrey find personal fulfilment in Juneteenth? And, how did Milla Granson help others escape slavery for freedom without leaving her slave cabin? How Mme. C.J. Walker help fund the Civil Rights Movement 40 years after her death
In “365 Inspired Moments in African American Women’s Herstory,” here are the stories of African American women across four centuries who made a better life for themselves and a better world for us.