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In Praise of Black Women, Volume 3
Modern African Women
Simone Schwarz-Bart with André Schwarz-Bart

With a Foreword by Howard Dobson, Director of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/New York Public Library
Translated by Rose-Myriam Réjouis, Val Vinokurov and Stephanie K. Turner

Modern African Women offers powerful and unforgettable tales from Senegal to South Africa, from the nineteenth century to the present. These modern African rulers, leaders, and visionaries include Madam Yoko, Queen of the Kpaa Mende and national heroine of Sierra Leone; Princess Kesso, a Fulani Muslim princess from Guinea who became one of the world's first black models; Alice Lenshina, who fought British colonial rule in Zambia and was considered a prophet in the Lumpa Church; Ellen Kuzwayo, member of the African National Congress whose struggle for civil and women's rights landed her in prison; Dulcie September, the ANC representative in France, killed for her ardent support for the cause of freedom; Miriam Makeba, internationally loved singer South African singer; Winnie Mandela, who carried on the struggle during Nelson Mandela's long imprisonment; and many others.

"This enchanting work transports the reader back in time and gives a voice to the little-known black women of the past." —Publishers Weekly

"The author of this book, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and the book publisher, Sandrah Monthieux Pélage, have compiled a priceless source of valuable information, which will provide the building blocks for reintroducing the contributions of Black Women to a multitude of fields of study and disciplines." —Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

"Visually stunning.... Every page contains high-quality color reproductions, including many full- and double-page spreads, of rarely seen art works and images of African history and culture." —Library Journal

Simone Schwarz-Bart is the author of six novels and a play, which have been translated and published in many languages; Between Two Worlds and The Bridge of Beyond have been published in English. André Schwarz-Bart is the author of three novels, including Le Dernier des justes (The Last of the Just), which was awarded the 1959 Prix Goncourt and has been translated into twenty languages. Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokurov have previously translated two works by French novelist Patrick Chamoiseau: Solibo Magnificent and Texaco. Stephanie K. Turner is completing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Princeton University, specializing in Francophone literature.

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Find out more about other volumes of In Praise of Black Women

In Praise of Black Women Vol. 1
Ancient African Queens

In Praise of Black Women Vol. 2
Heroines of the Slavery Era

Additional information about the French and English EditionsThis series originally appeared in French as a six-volume work entitled Hommage à la Femme Noire published in 1988 by Editions Consulaires, with more than 10,000 sets sold. Volume 1 in English combines the French Volumes 1 & 2. Volume 2 in English is a translation of Volume 3 in French. Volume 3 in English is a translation of Volume 4 in French, but also includes new material.


February 2003
LC: 00-012316 HQ
268 pp.  9 x 12  
404 color and b/w illus.

Book icon Cloth OUT OF PRINT
ISBN 978-0-299-17270-1

"Simone Schwarz-Bart’s goal is to rescue and reconstruct the lives of black women world wide. . . . Informative, uplifting, and inspiring!"
—Howard Dodson, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

"What a beautiful book!!! And three more like this??? We are excited!"

—QBR The Black Book Review

"New African is proud to recommend to its readers this wonderful tribute to black women"
—New African

"This book will be in demand particularly during the months devoted to Black History and Women’s History. An invaluable and fascinating resource."

—School Library Journal



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