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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The four most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America.

The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Susanna Sturgis
This book is not only "for colored girls who have considered politics" but also for everyone interested in behind-the-scenes politics: how political campaigns work, how social change is effected over the decades, and how each generation of activists (ideally) passes its experiences on to the next. I especially recommend it to white activists who, like me, recognize only one of the co-authors' names when they first they pick up the book. In the mainstream media Donna Brazile is the most visible, ...more
"Dr" Kris
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am buying copies for my "sister" and her circle of friends to read. They are in the mail. Their circle will appreciate this book. I hope they will become in their own ways the powerful friends and women you meet in this book. It does not have to be in politics but the lesson is to make a difference. Depend on and ask help from other women. I want to believe a special friend C would have given us this book to make us all better. ...more
Shannan Harper
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Four different women of color that broke barriers and because of growing up during the civil rights movement, became the next generation of women of color that have a passion for politics. I really enjoyed reading about these women, their history, and the people they've come in contact with. ...more
Omoni Williams
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I appreciated their openness and candor. I loved the sisterhood they formed. Most importantly I was inspired by how they all supported and encouraged each other. African American women especially do not see the support displayed by these women in any area. To see their unity within the political arena where many would believe it’s easy for one to look out for themselves is impressive. These women have worked hard in the background of American politics for decades. This book re ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Black leadership has never been a monolith. From the days of W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T Washington, through the seemingly opposing camps of Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X, there has always been descent over strategy, method, governing principles & end games."

-- Leah Daughtry --

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics," studies the lives of Black leaders in the civil rights movement from the 1960s to present day. It stresses the impact of community organizing, the power of the blac
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
bit of a bummer, really. i'll admit to being in it for Ms. Brazile but it was kind of disjointed and I really couldn't follow the main people it was about. i think it would've been helped with photos with their names so i could picture who was who. very dishy, but dishy gets boring when you have no idea who the stories are about.
and only a smidge of clear advice of what to do if you're a colored woman wanting to get into politics.
Sara G
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 Stars

Ah, it kills me to give this book such a low rating. This is not a bad book, its just doesn't have a flow, particularly when you get into the middle of the book.

The start of the books covers the history of the four women, as they grew up during the civil rights and how that influenced their life and their call to activism. They also take time to discuss and honor the women that came before them, that fought for rights particularly when it came to black women. Its when they firs
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book illuminates the grit and determination of four women to make the world a better place. Not just for themselves, but for all. They tell the truth of America, the bad and the hope, we have made progress, but have so far to go. It is a collection of their stories through their eyes, I am grateful they have taken the time to share their wisdom, be vulnerable, and above all, their resilience as we are in a time when our resilience is truly tested. Thank you Minyon, Donna, Leah and Yolanda f ...more
Shh I'm reading!
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Easy read, but some grammatical issues that made me long for thru ability to proof it. Also wished there was a little more focus on how to get involved. The majority of the book is on their histories juxtaposed with activists movements. Impressive but I was hoping that the information provided in the last chapter would be more of the book.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing women who learned from amazing women.
Now is the time to pay attention to women.
Now is the time to pay attention to black and minority women.
This might have been a more enjoyable paper book read than an audio- as one reader reads the whole book, it was hard to keep straight which of the four women was speaking.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was very insightful and a must read "for colored girls who have considered politics." ...more
Maailah Blackwood
This is perhaps one of the most inspiring books that I’ve read in a long time.
Preston Baker
Mar 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable book that chronicles the impactful and influential careers of four phenomenal black women. There is so much intriguing behind the scenes history and insight of the journey of the “Colored Girls” who were mentored and influenced by many of the icons of the civil rights movement. Rev. Jackson, Mrs. King, Dr. Shabazz, Dr. Evers, Dr. Angelou just to name a few. Starting out as grassroots organizers they “did the work” for decades that reshaped the Democratic party and whose advi ...more
Melia Chandler
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and so inspired by these amazing black women. Great read if looking to find motivation to be a positive difference in this world. Thank you Colored Girls for being trailblazers and changing hearts and minds one person at a time!!
Rafael Suleiman
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good book describing the careers of emerging Black female politicians.
Lauren Brooks
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book about the lives, work and friendship of these women! What a history.
Ivy Pittman-Outen
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is not often that we are invited into the homes of leaders and certainly not politicians to sit around the table and be privy to a buffet of conversations. Leah Daughtry, Donna Brazile, Minyon Moore and Yolanda Caraway have invited us into their space to share their humble beginnings and journey into the not so glamours world of politics. It is not one of name dropping, although it would be remiss for them not to mention countless notable figures who took to them with earnest care and love. A ...more
LaShonda Henderson
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of history, love and strategy. It is a must read for all people, but mainly young women. It allows you to look into the methods used to make a difference in the world around you.
Roger Smitter
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In most ways, the book works as a autobiography, a history of politics in the last 30 years, and a story of friendship. Author Donna Brazil’s traces her friendship with three friends who share her passion about politics. The author opens our eyes to how women of color can work together to bring change in our country. While Brazil is already a well known operative in US politics, we learn a lot about her companions who — as Black women — broken many traditional barriers in the public realm. These ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story of four black women who helped bring black political voices to the mainstream. Wonderful content. The only problem is that there were too many voices, with the first and third person changes being annoying and the story a bit disjointed.

Content is worth five stars but the problems of the book itself brings the rating down to four stars.

What did I remember as the highlight? It wasn't about the four powerful and smart people. It was a quote from one of the people they admired. "If th
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very inciteful and informative
virginia r oliver
Excellent - For All Women

This book is an excellent behind the scene look at what really goes on in politics. It is also an excellent guide for anyone, women and men, of what to do if you are consider entering politics. It also a history book, it has, hanged my opinion of several public figures.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Take a peek into the lives of the Black women serving in political roles behind the scenes. This insightful historical overview of how their lives intertwine will help you make sense of the inner workings of politics on the national level. Bravo ladies...thank you for your dedicated service, Black Girl Magic, continued friendship and sisterhood we can all learn from you.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership, 2020, politics
Grateful for these women! Their lives, work and testimonies. Thank you for making sure the path is visible for all the colored girls behind you.
Jacqueline A Kane
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is so rich with experiences that are big historical moments. I came away from this book knowing that wherever Black women are they are activists!
Tina Miller
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting, but best appreciated by readers either involved with or closely following electoral politics, the Democratic Party or politics for women (especially black women).
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rich history. Wonderfully blended lives of women who are passionate about public service.
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