Leading the Way

December 4, 2017
FROM LEFT: DREW WILLIS FOR TIME FOR KIDS; COURTESY OF LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Last year, artist and filmmaker Vashti Harrison challenged herself to draw one notable African-American woman every day during Black History Month. “I really wanted to focus on women who are not often spoken about,” Harrison told TFK.

Her whimsical drawings now appear together in Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. The book features 40 brief biographies filled with little-known facts that surprised even Harrison.

One of her favorite discoveries was learning that Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman astronaut, was inspired to join NASA after watching Star Trek on TV. Harrison hopes the book will inspire readers to be brave and bold. “If you can identify with someone’s story, it can be life-changing,” she says.