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Making Their Mark: Additional Resources

04 January 2012

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue “Making Their Mark: Black Women Leaders.”


Boyd, Valerie, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribners, 2002.

Bundles, A’Lelia, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. New York: A Lisa Drew Book/Scribner, 2001.

Duster, Michelle. Ed., Ida In Her Own Words: The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from 1893. Chicago: Benjamin Williams, 2008.

Duster, Michelle. Ed., Ida From Abroad: The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from England in 1894. Chicago: Benjamin Williams, 2010.

Height, Dorothy Irene, Living With Purpose. Washington, D.C.: Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation, 2010.

Height, Dorothy Irene, Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir. New York: Public Affairs, 2005.

Hoose, Phillip, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.


Elizabeth Alexander
Home page of poet, essayist, playwright and teacher Elizabeth Alexander

YouTube video, reading “Praise Song for the Day” at the inauguration of Barack Obama

Lee D. Baker
Dean of Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African American Studies, Duke University

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
National historic site and resource center in Washington

A’Lelia Bundles
Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker.

Dorothy Irene Height
YouTube video posted by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, July 8, 2008.

Zora Neale Hurston
Website of one of the pre-eminent writers of 20th-century African-American literature.

Mae Jemison
Astronaut, physician, scientist, chemical engineer and teacher Mae Jemison in a YouTube video, “Science Literacy on LIVING SMART with Patricia Gras.

Lynn Nottage
Official website for award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, whose honors include a MacArthur Foundation“genius” grant and an OBIE Award for playwriting.

Leah Ward Sears
YouTube video posted by the Atlanta Press Club, June 2, 2009.

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