Inspired by her own foremothers’ legacies and the friendships formed throughout her life, Rozella Kennedy, founder of the Brave Sis Project, centers and celebrates the stories of women of color—both famous and little-known— in OUR BRAVE FOREMOTHERS: Celebrating 100 Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous Women Who Changed the Course of History. Join us at Bookworks to celebrate the release of Rozella's book with a talk and signing.
The 100 women presented in the book might be familiar to some and completely unknown to others. Each profile details the significant achievements and passions of these women, followed by a prompt encouraging readers to reflect on the story of each foremother and how it connects to their own life. Readers will be inspired to learn more about the women, about themselves, and about other women who have great stories to tell—and kindle their own fire and power in the process. This compendium can be read cover to cover or dipped in and out of, allowing readers to reflect on entries that speak to where they are in life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rozella Kennedy has dedicated her work and life to uplifting issues of culture, belonging, authentic allyship, and intercultural celebration and solidarity. She is the creator of the Brave Sis Project and the Director of Impact and Equity for the global consulting firm Camber Collective. A native New Yorker, she now lives on the West Coast with her husband and their Caribbean Potcake dog, Pippa.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Joelle Avelino is an Angolan and Congolese illustrator. She has illustrated several titles including Hey You!, a 2022 British Book Awards winner. Her animation project with the Malala Fund was featured as one of Design Week's favorite International Women's Day projects of 2020.
ABOUT THE BRAVE SIS PROJECT: The Brave Sis Project, which offers print and digital publications, merchandise, and history lessons, uplifts Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous foremothers of our past. Through the project’s publications and #sistorylessons on Instagram (@bravesisproject), readers will encounter and celebrate incredible women of color who deserve honor and respect. Readers are encouraged to celebrate sisterhood, practice self-care, and gather strength and inspiration from women—both household names and forgotten she-roes—who helped change the course of history. Find out more at bravesis.com.
Rozella's appearance in New Mexico is partly supported by the New Mexico Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.