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Daughters of Africa

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An international anthology of words and writings by women of African descent--from the ancient oral tradition to the present. A monumental literary enterprise, it is the most inclusive anthology ever attempted of oral and written literature--in every conceivable genre--by women of African descent the world over. (Pantheon)

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Dorothy West, Caroli
Paperback, 1093 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published September 8th 1992)
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Bemba. Xhosa. Kipsigi. Didinga. Somalia. Kgatla, Botswana. Yao. Sudan. Akan, Ghana. Khoikhoi, South Africa. Dahomey/Benin. Amhara, Ethiopia. ChiChewa and ChiTumbuka, Malawi. Tigray. Ancient Egyptian.
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Margaret Busby couldn't find the book she wanted, so she created it. More than a book, an act of resistance, a work of love, a gift. Samples of writing by Black women from all over the world, gathered and presented for delectation, for celebration, for the daughters of daughters. For you to decide what to read next, Reader, of all races and all genders, because we both know the publishers who think you would rather read another run-of-the-mil
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Anthologies are my favorite because of this treasure! Blackness is not one portrait or image, it's a conglomerate of beauty that has been deposited and sprinkled globally. The anecdotes of the women who volunteered their stories in this book are absolutely powerful, and exemplifies accurate stories of and about women of color! If you want something diverse, expand your palette with this volume.
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This is, simply, AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING COLLECTION. I think I will be re-reading this for the rest of my life, and I know I'll ever get some of these stories out of my head. Fantastic collection of writers - some I had read before, but many new to me, so I've just (happily) increased my "to-read" pile quite a bit too!
Ryan Mishap
This 1,000 page anthology offers a wide range of voices, literary styles, topics, and experiences of women of African descent. Stretches back in time and across continents, well worth reading for the diversity of experience.
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Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful collection of writing is a treasure! Daughters of Africa reveals exactly how deeply a woman can love, hurt, hate and persevere. From the classic poetry to the more modern pieces, each contribution illustrates how women of color as a whole have overcome and the strength it took to do so. Some of the poetry, especially those from Sub-Saharan Africa, really touched me and made me feel things deep in my soul. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology.
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This book was a gift to me from the Occidental College Women's Studies department upon graduation.
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Margaret Busby OBE (Nana Akua Ackon) was born in Ghana, of part-Caribbean parentage, and educated in Britain. On graduating from London University in the 1960s she became the UK’s youngest and first Black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby Ltd, of which she was Editorial Director for 20 years.

She works as a writer, editor, consultant, reviewer and broadcaster.

She has served a