A Black Women's History of the United States

Written by Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross
A Black Womens History of the US

An empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives of African American women to show how they are—and have always been—instrumental in shaping our country.

In this vibrant examination and celebration of Black womanhood, Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women’s history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.

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Daina Ramey Berry

Daina Ramey Berry completed her BA, MA, and PhD in African American Studies and U.S. History at the University California Los Angeles. She is an associate professor of History and African diaspora studies, and the George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. An award-winning historian, she is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.


Kali Nicole Gross

Kali Nicole Gross is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and she is the National Publications Director for the Association of Black Women Historians. Her primary research explores Black women’s experiences in the U.S. criminal justice system and her expertise and opinion pieces have been featured in BBC News, Vanity Fair, TIME, HuffPo, The Root, The Washington Post and more.