The heritage collection


Who is Delores Henderson?

Who is Delores Henderson? In this book, you will discover how a little girl with a love for reading and learning grew up to fight racism to become recognized as the first Black National Distinguished Principal for the State of Minnesota. Delores' life shows us what is possible if we believe. Readers will learn about her persistence and hard work and will be inspired by Delores' indomitable spirit.

Yaa Asantewaa: The Fearless Queen

The story of Yaa Asantewaa is one of the courage, bravery and survival of a kingdom and its people. As a warrior, she motivated her peope to defeat themselves in the fight against British colonials. Today, many parents name their children in her honor.

Eléni of Ethiopia: The Wise Empress

The story of Empress Eléni of Ethiopia as told by Lion's Historian author Letitia deGraft Okyere is one that will inspire girls everywhere to reach for new heights and challenge the status quo. Her life as a queen and a respected leader in a society and era dominated by men is one that will teach girls there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Queen Nandi: Zulu's Finest Queen Mother

The story of Queen Nandi is a very important one in the history of the Zulu people, seeing as she was the mother of the famous Shaka Zulu, who helped build the Zulu nation. An instrumental monarch in her own right, the story of Queen Nandi is a must-read for young readers everywhere.

King Ghartey IV: Innovative 19th Century Merchant

The story of Robert Johnson Ghartey is one that will teach young readers to dream big and not settle for a future below their expectations. Rejecting the traditional career paths of fishing and farming expected of young men his age, King Ghartey instead became an influential businessman and leader in his community.

Queen Amina

The story of Queen Amina is an important one for girls everywhere. You will explore how Queen Amina gained a reputation as a fearless warrior, breaking barriers at a time when men dominated most aspects of life. Queen Amina’s life will inspire and encourage you to be fearless.

Taytu Betul: The Light of Ethiopia

Taytu Betul became the Empress of Ethiopia in 1889 and believed in putting the interests of her country above European expansion plans. As a result, she willingly went to war against Italy preserving Ethiopia’s independence, leading her own contingent of soldiers. Empress Taytu prevented Ethiopia from being colonized. The Ethiopian victory over Italy was an important event in the Pan-African movement, inspiring other African countries to fight for independence in the 1900s.

Phyllis Wheatley: Pioneer African American Poet

Phillis Wheatley was about seven years old when kidnapped and sold to slave traders. She endured the horrifying journey to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1761. In her owners' home, she learned to read and write English and began to compose poetry. Due to racism in the North American colonies at the time, an English agent published her book in Great Britain. Wheatley became the first Black poet in America. She proved that Africans or Black people have creative abilities and opened the door for the acceptance of literary works by people of African descent. Today, buildings, societies, and clubs are named in Wheatley’s honor.

King John Aggery of Cape Coast: An Early Voice for Civil Liberty

Who was King John Aggery of the Gold Coast? He always caused good trouble, becoming the first traditional leader to fight against British authority. He set a precedent for sending petitioners to Britain as a form of protest. Aggery was deposed and exiled, but he established a critical foundation for bringing together different sections of society to work on common interests. Aggery believed in self-determination and lost his kingship and liberty in the pursuit of his ideals. Aggery's civil liberties activism serves as a reminder to all that no matter the challenging conditions, an individual's desire for change can make a difference across generations.

The Girl Who Became President: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Almost every little girl's dream is to become a princess because of Disney movies. However, history has shown time and time again that besides becoming a princess, a girl can become anything else that she can dream of. This is thanks to women like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who conquered all odds to become the first female president in Africa. Because of Ellen’s achievements, many girls in Africa and across the world can add president to their dream wish lists as well. I hope you are inspired as you read her amazing story.

Winsome Earle Sears: The American Dream

The life of Winsome Sears is one of courage and determination. She became the first woman and first woman of color elected to a state office in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. Winsome Sears was born in Jamaica and arrived in New York when she was only six years old. She followed the exemplary path her immigrant father had laid for her, getting an education, joining the U.S. Marines, becoming active in her community and a business owner, as well as wife and mother. She overcame trials and tribulations because of her indomitable spirit to live the American dream. Her life story encourages children of African American parents and immigrants to take advantage of the opportunities for growth and development available in the United States.

The Baobab Tree: Giant of the African Bush

Throughout Africa, communities respect the baobab tree as central to life. As a result, its giant trunk, unusual shape, and long life have given rise to folklore, such as an ability to "swallow up" maidens. Ghana's well-known proverb, Knowledge is like the trunk of a baobab tree; no one's arms are long enough to wrap around it, refers to the limitless boundaries of wisdom. Wisdom that, in this proverb, is likened to the African baobab's usefulness. The baobab serves people from birth to death, providing food, water, clothing, rope, shelter, feed for animals, and a tomb for burial. Read about the rich contribution of this majestic giant of the African bush to the life of the communities to which they belong.

Labotsibeni Mdluli: The Formidable Swati Regent

Labotsibeni Mdluli began the journey for the Kingdom of Eswatini's (formerly Swaziland) independence when she became Ndlovukazi, or queen mother, in 1890. For thirty-two years, she fiercely fought for the rights of the Swati. Labotsibeni stood up against colonial oppression, restored dignity to the kingdom's monarchy, and established a western-style education system in her country. Some historians write that the Kingdom of Eswatini exists today because of Labotsibeni's courage and determination to protect her people. Labotsibeni truly lived up to the meaning of her middle name, indomitable or unshakeable.