Monday, February 2, 2009

More from the Uncrowned Queens

Looking to add to your Uncrowned Queens library? We've got more from the prolific team of Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram at our website. The four volumes of the Uncrowned Queens series contain biographies of African American women community leaders, while Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire is the classic history of Ancient Ethiopia, as researched and written by the heralded African American woman activist Drusilla Dunjee Houston.


  1. Peggy and I began to write the Uncrowned Queens series in 2001. Each volume, and now there are four, provides the biography of an Uncrowned community builder. The volumes contain 100 biographies, which are broken down by the woman's sphere of endeavor, contribution and accomplishment.

    Volumes 2 and 3 also contain articles about little-known African American history in Western New York, e.g. the African American presence at the Pan American Exposition of 1901 and the activities of local (Buffalo) African Americans in the founding of the Niagara Movement of 1905. Uncrowned Queens, vol 4 is a compilation of the biographies of African American women community builders of the State of Oklahoma and the story of an African American man who bridges the history of the Tulsa Race Riot and Buffalo, NY in the 1940s and 50s.

    Although these books have focused primarily on the histories of African American community builders in Western New York and Oklahoma(spanning a period of over one hundred years), they provide a model for other communities to collect, preserve and share the histories of their community builders.

    We invite you to go to our website at to fine the biographies of hundreds of African American Uncrowned Queens and Uncrowned Kings.

  2. One of these days when time permits, I will pause for a moment to write a few words about Drusilla Dunjee Houston. Talk about an African American woman who fell into historical obscurity despite her considerable contribution to her Oklahoma community through racial uplift. I first learned of her in about 1988 and I have been studying her life and conducting research on and off for more than twenty years. Stay tuned for more on this historic African American woman. Peggy Brooks-Bertram