It’s no secret we’re big fans of the Rebel Girls brand and its mission to helping raise an inspired and confident global generation of girls. Ahead of International Day of the Girl on October 11, check out their latest book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic.
Edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh of Rebel Girls and #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn Thompson, the book celebrates the stories of Black women and girls across the globe. The women featured in the book represent over 30 countries and range from athlete Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman to singer Rosetta Tharpe and journalist Ida B. Wells.
Black Girl Magic
“Rebel Girls is proud to bring the Black Girl Magic hashtag to life through authentic storytelling of inspiring innovators, creators, leaders, and champions,” said Workneh. “100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is designed to acknowledge, applaud and amplify the incredible stories of Black women and girls from the past and present; and to celebrate Black Girl Magic around the world. Because if she can see it, she can be it.”
Black women created 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic from cover to cover. Written by four Black women and illustrated by 60 Black women and non-binary artists, the book also provides readers with interactive bonus activities and a space to write and illustrate their own stories.
“The #BlackGirlMagic hashtag has been used all over the world, and I saw firsthand the inspiration and direct impact it has had on Black women everywhere,” said Thompson. “I’m so proud that Rebel Girls has used their platform to create a tangible representation of what the original Black Girl Magic hashtag means to me and what it can inspire for Black girls everywhere.”
Free Activities and Quotes
Rebel Girls also has free activities on their website to do with a special girl in your life. You can also listen to the Rebel Girls podcast. Here’s two of our favorite episodes about Oprah Winfrey and Josephine Baker:
Ten Powerful Quotes Found in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic
“The only thing that can impede me is myself.” —Amanda Gorman, poet and activist
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” —Angela Davis, political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar, and author
“Soul to me is a feeling, a lot of depth, and being able to bring to the surface that which is happening inside.” —Aretha Franklin, singer, songwriter, and pianist
“Don’t wait for permission to do something creative.” —Ava Duvernay, writer, producer, director
“Dance from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet….even when you’re stationary, you must be moving and alive.” —Judith Jamison, dancer and choreographer
“If you want to be anything, just be it. You have the opportunity to do it. Just look into things, research about it, and figure out what you really want to be so you can chase your dreams.” —Kheris Rogers, fashion designer
“Every story I create creates me. I write to create myself.” —Octavia E. Butler, science fiction author
“Can’t no man play like me. I play better than a man.” —Rosetta Tharpe, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist
“I would call myself a feminist….we need to hear that. Little girls need to hear that.” —Roxanne Shante, hip hop musician and rapper
“You can create a world exactly how you want it to be, and this makes it real.” —Sasha Huber, artist
Make sure you add Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic to your girl’s library today.
Compiled by Erin Prather Stafford
Images provided by Rebel Girls
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