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There is a new book for young black girls called Black Girls Can: An Empowering Story of Yesterdays and Todays.  It features ten prominent, trail-blazing Black women who parallel today’s girl.  The book demonstrates that Black girls like us CAN and DO!  We can create like Madam C.J. Walker, be brave like Rosa Parks, and inspire like Michelle Obama.

The author of this book wrote it because she believes that young Black girls shouldn’t be excluded from learning our history and gaining inspiration and insight. Most Black history books are written for older children, and many of these books exclude some very important women!  Not only is this book educational, but it’s beautiful! The illustrations are bright and engaging, keeping our attention from “once upon a time” to “happily ever after.”

Here’s what a few of the book’s reviewers shared:

  • “Black Girls Can is a beautifully illustrated book that educates and inspires young girls to dream big. A much needed collection of mini-affirmations to help our girls see that there are unlimited possibilities for what they can achieve.”

-Alonda Williams, mom of two and author of Penny and Magic Puffballs


  • “Black Girls Can sends a very powerful message to ALL young girls that anything truly is possible. In most cases the iconic figures referenced in this book dared to “stick their neck out,” to make a difference. With dedication, determination, encouragement, support and perhaps sticking our necks out, imagine what you can do to make a difference in the world!” -Natacha Morton, mother of two and freelance beauty advisor
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  • “With its bright illustrations and positive message, Black Girls Can connects the youth of today with inspirational women throughout history. Each page reminds our daughters that despite adversity, the potential to accomplish greatness lives within them.” -Ali Cummins, middle school English teacher and mother of two girls

Black Girls Can is available now on Amazon. An e-book will be available in October of 2014.

If you would like to speak with mom about a media appearance, ask about hosting a book giveaway on your website, or learn more about the inspiration behind the book, here is her contact information:

  • e-mail:
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  • Twitter: @whitebrownsugar (use #BlackGirlsCan)
  • Blog:

And here is her author biography:

  • Rachel Garlinghouse is a mother of three children, two of whom are Black girls. Rachel is an author (Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent’s Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children), adoption coach, and freelance writer. She’s appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, NPR, and Huffington Post Live, as well as in Essence She believes in Jesus and enjoys dance parties, baking, and reading good books to her littles. Rachel and her family reside in the St. Louis area.

BGN is running a giveaway for 2 lucky winners to receive an autographed copy of Black Girls Can: An Empowering Story of Yesterdays and Todays.

Winner must reside in the U.S.