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273 pages, Hardcover
First published February 4, 2020
«Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, of African people were unceremoniously tossed into watery graves. There, in the rough waters of the Atlantic, the bones of African people—known only by their assigned number, if even that—still remain on the ocean floor.»
«Starting with the seventeenth century, we learn of more women of African descent who were forcibly moved to the New World. They were unwilling victims of genocide in the largest forced migration in history: the transatlantic slave trade.»
«Pauli Murray […] perhaps comes closest to getting at the stifling ways that racism encapsulated African American women’s lives noting that "was the atmosphere one breathed from day to day, the pervasive irritant, the chronic allergy, the vague apprehension which made one uncomfortable and jumpy. We knew the race problem was like a deadly snake coiled and ready to strike, and that one avoided its dangers only by never-ending watchfulness."»