Thank you so much for checking out this space devoted to African-American women’s history and the romance novels that celebrate this history. The title “Aren’t I A Heroine?” is a play on the speech given by Sojourner Truth at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851. Actress Kerry Washington performs “Ain’t I A Woman” speech
I evoke that speech here because the African-American historical romance sub-genre seems to be so small, with only a few titles coming out each year. I want to be able to see myself as a historical heroine too. I want to be able to read more stories of the women who looked like me in the past, and did extraordinary things in the midst of difficult times, and the men who loved them. By starting this blog, I hope to find other like-minded readers and writers aspiring to write those stories.
The planned posting schedule is going to be Mondays with occasional Alerts as books are released and on dates of historical significance.
Link to Kerry Washington performance of “Ain’t I A Woman”: http://www.history.com/shows/the-people-speak/videos/aint-i-a-woman#aint-i-a-woman
Wikipedia article on “Ain’t I A Woman”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27t_I_a_Woman%3F