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Eloise Greenfield Signs New Book on African American Midwives

  • Teaching for Change 1832 11th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)


Renowned children’s book author Eloise Greenfield opens her latest title, The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives, with a note to readers:

I want to take you back only as far as the Africa of a few hundred years ago. That’s when millions of Africans were forced from their homelands, brought to America, and enslaved. Some of the enslaved were midwives.

This unique picture book begins with historic background on the work of midwives, written in prose that is accessible to young readers and accompanied by archival photographs. The book then switches to poetry and stunningly beautiful illustrations — with vignettes from lives of midwives during slavery, emancipation, and today.

Ms. Greenfield will be available to sign copies of this exquisite new book at the Teaching for Change office on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11am until 12 noon. Copies will be available for purchase or you can bring your own copy of that title or others.

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