Herstory in Color: Women of USA Black History Month #blacklivesmatter #huffpost

Meet more women such as Harriet Tubman and Toni Morrison (see below) in this slide show: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/12/weareblackhistory-photos_n_6671844.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices#slide=2037137
Harriet Tubman
Her “underground railroad” was an intricate network of secret escape routes and safe houses that helped lead more than 70 slaves out of the South during the Civil War, and into free states where slavery was against the law. A former slave herself, Tubman went on to become a Union spy and a military scout, and was the first American woman ever to lead armed troops into battle, at one point liberating more than 700 slaves in South Carolina. These achievements would secure her historical prominence as a guardian angel during our nation’s only internal war.
Toni Morrison
She is arguably America’s preeminent woman of letters, a novelist whose stories pulse with vibrant ideas and indelible characters — notably, her 1987 slavery saga, “Beloved,” which earned her the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. Also an essayist, university professor, playwright and, in 2005, an opera librettist, she was the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature; and last year was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born into a working-class family in Ohio, she ascended to national prominence in the 1970s with her novels “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” which established her as a dominant voice for both African-Americans and women. Throughout her career, however, she has eschewed categorization as a “feminist” writer: “I don’t subscribe to patriarchy,” she once said, “and I don’t think it should be substituted with matriarchy. I think it’s a question of equitable access, and opening doors.”
 Toni Morrison

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