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Mae Makes a Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat & History Maker

This book is about Mae Reeves
Discover the inspiring journey of Mae Reeves in "Mae Makes a Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat & History Maker." Crafted in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this picture book biography brings to life the story of a pioneering Black female fashion designer and civil rights advocate. Mae Reeves, with her indomitable spirit and vision, broke racial and gender barriers to become the first Black woman to own a business on Philadelphia’s bustling South Street. Her exquisite hats adorned the heads of celebrities like Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald and empowered women within her community. This narrative, vividly illustrated by Andrea Pippins and penned by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, not only celebrates Mae's achievements in the fashion industry but also highlights her impact on economic justice, racial justice, and gender equality. Ideal for middle-school readers, this book not only tells the story of a trailblazer but also serves as an invitation to visit Mae's permanent exhibit and explore her legacy at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Published on May 24, 2022, "Mae Makes a Way" is a testament to creativity, resilience, and the pursuit of equality.
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on May 24, 2022
48 pages
ISBN: 9780525645856
Best for readers in Middle School
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