What's New
Thanks to everyone who joined us Saturday, March, 9, 2013 at the Global Learning Center on the Bennett College Campus for the book launch of Linda Beatrice Brown's new book, Belles Of Liberty: Gender, Bennett College, and the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina. The launch was a great success!

Linda's sixth book explores the critical role women played in the historic sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, February 1, 1960 and what these courageous women accomplished for the Civil Rights Movement across the country.

Belles of Liberty is now available on Amazon! Visit Amazon to order your copy, read the excerpt or write a review!

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Introduction by Dr. Linda Beatrice Brown:

"Numerous scholars are aware that the participation of women in the national Civil Rights Movement was a key to its success. The same is true of the Greensboro movement. It is my intention here to examine the role of Bennett College women in particular within this legend that is Greensboro's story. I hope to add one more voice to that piece of the historical narrative of Greensboro....The women of Bennett College who made the decision to lift the veil of female respectability and step out into history deserve to be remembered, but more than that they are greatly needed today. Their story must be told. We have need of the example of their courage, their vision and their absolute certainty that there was a better way. If their story is lost we are the poorer for it, and so much further behind than ever. If their story is not told, our own young women and men will not have that powerful inspiration they need to go forward on their own journey of faith to make the world a better place. It is as important to remember them as it is to remember Dr, King for without them and others like them nothing would have changed."

 

Awards and Recognition for Linda's book Black Angels:

***Black Angels selected as one of the
Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best Books" of 2009!
The Best of the Best list is presented in workshops to hundreds of public and school librarians from across Chicago, distributed to bookstores and put into wide release in the Chicago media. The complete annotated list will be available in early 2010 at http://www.chicagopubliclibrary.org.  You can also view the list by clicking here.

Praise for Black Angels

Shelia P. Moses
Author of the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning and National Book Award Finalist The Legend of Buddy Bush

“This novel and the character Luke will move readers like Huckleberry Finn moved us on the Mississippi River 100 years ago.”

Sharon G. Flake
Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of The Skin I’m In

“Young people will be reading Black Angels for generations. Teachers will be assigning it and studying it for ages. It’s a history lesson, adventure story, and a lesson in love, surviving tough times, and depending on God and one another, all at the same time . . . I loved every word.”

Alice Randall
Songwriter and Author of The Wind Done Gone; Pushkin and the Queen of Spades;
and Rebel Yell

“The American Revolution has Johnny Tremain, now the Civil War has Black Angels.
Linda Beatrice Brown does a superb job of evoking the beauty of the natural world,
the complexity of spirituality, and the significance of choosing ones own family as seen
through the eyes of three young people on the run from death and loss.”
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Nikki Giovanni
Author of over 30 books, Award Winning Poet, and University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech

“Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown has found a way to bring home the sadness and the hope of The Civil War. Children finding themselves in the woods must find a way to cooperate to survive. But survival is not efficient: they must also find a way to love. What could easily have become a cloying story has instead emerged as all our stories, as we, in this modern age of financial and emotional difficulties, find ourselves in a political forest trying to find a way to be fair and just and caring while understanding that our better selves are not always on display. Black Angels needs a cup of hot cinnamon tea, a blanket across our knees and a little bit of our time to go on a marvelous journey to America’s best self when we struggled to free the future of hate and fear.”

Edward P. Jones
Noted fiction author awarded the prized MacArthur Fellowship, and winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for The Known World, a novel set in Virginia prior to the Civil War.

“Black Angels is -- if my memory does not fail me -- the first "young readers" novel I've ever read. Had I known such a category of literature could contain the kind of well-realized and skillfully rendered world as we find in black angels, I would have been here ages ago. With her Luke, Daylily and Caswell, Dr. Brown has presented her readers with people as well-rounded and as poignant as any to be found in "adult" fiction. Her three major characters offer a civil war landscape that is even more tragic and heartfelt and devastating because it comes through the eyes of the most innocent and vulnerable in any war.”

 


Linda Beatrice Brown is the author of three novels. She also writes poems, plays, short stories, and essays. She started writing at the age of 14 and her first poetry was published at the age of 19. For many years she has been a professor of African American Literature. For several years she was even a speech writer for a college president.

Her experience as a teacher inspired her to write about the Civil War period in a novel for young people. She currently holds the Willa B. Player chair in the Humanities at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC.

Linda has two adult children and 6 grandchildren and lives in a 100 year old house in Greensboro, NC.