"Shine Bright" by Danyel Smith
Sara Cody from the U of U Black Cultural Center got me on track to finding this book, an excellent history of Black women in music and part memoir of a cultural critic.
"Slavery in Zion" by Amy Tanner Thiriot
Gain perspective on the lives of women who came to Utah enslaved and how they built lives for themselves, such as Biddy Mason, Mary Ann Perkins James, and others.
"Ordinary Equality" by Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly talked about this impactful book in a special event with U of U archivist Betsey Welland last April.
"How Free Speech Saved Democracy" by Christopher Finan
One might not normally think that a book on free speech would also be a work on women’s history, but this title shows how women have used the first amendment to fight for their rights, such as Maria W. Stewart who used a public speech in 1817 to combat a racist organization called American Colonization Society, the brave women of Standing Rock Sioux, and many others.
"Golden Ax" by Rio Cortez
I highlighted this book last month as well, but wanted to add it again to bring attention to Ms. Cortez’s ancestor Byrdie Lee Howell Langon who is mentioned in the very first poem.