Brown, Hallie Q.
Interesting as are the facts recorded in this book, they do not constitute its chief value.
That is found in its reflection of the wonderful spirit which moved the women who strove and achieved, despite obstacles greater than any which have stood in the way of other upward struggles.
These sketches breathe aspiration, hope, courage, patience, fortitude, faith.
The youth of today and of other days will come under this influence. They will not relive those lives. That cannot be: conditions change; human beings differ; deeds cannot be duplicated. But the spirit of the noble dead may be enkindled in the hearts of those who live after.
It is said that one can appreciate only that to which he has some inner likeness. The author's spiritual kinship with the women of whom she wrote made possible the rare understanding brought to her subject.
The result is a work which not only furnishes useful information, but--what is even more--inspires to finer character growth and racial development.
--Josephine Turpin Washington.