Today’s daily desk copy request: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President for a course entitled “Black Women History and Cultures.”
It comes as a surprise to me that this book doesn’t get adopted more often. As a sophomore in college, I watched Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the award-winning documentary about the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, which led to the end of the Liberian Civil War, and the eventual election of Sirleaf as Africa’s first woman president. Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee (the movement’s organizer) won Nobel Peace prizes for their work, which started as a Muslim-Christian female prayer coalition, and expanded to other non-violent protests (including a sex strike). Sirleaf’s life story is truly as remarkable as the title suggests, overcoming abuse, imprisonment, and exile to become a powerful political advocate for social justice and peace. Click here if you’d like to read more about her journey in her own words.