Inspired by Janus Adams' book, SISTER DAYS: 365 Inspired Moments in African American Women's History, The Sister Days Mother/Daughter* Sistafest is a celebration of ourselves—*mothers, daughters, sisters, sistas, sisterfriends—and the joy that makes us whole.
It is a no-holds-barred intergenerational conversation featuring six “phenomenal women” —thank you Dr. Maya Angelou!—and you, phenomenally, in a Livestream event with audience participation.
Mother’s Day Weekend: Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2:00pm ET.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
On the days my grandmother would tire, her stories used up, her memories dim, I remember how she would croon to herself, ‘I'd write a book, but who would read it,’ and yet go on.
From the stories of all our grandmothers untold and for their very great- and very grand-children, here, I hope, is the book they would have written. Here is their power, their strength, their pain, their ways, and their better days. Here are their woes and their problem solving, their laughter and their haughty, naughty ways. Here, too, are our stories, the ones we would put into hope chests, woven into tapestries, knowing that we today are the ancestors of tomorrow.
And, as you read of these our Sister Days, somewhere beyond our Grandmas smile. For you to share, these are the stories they have told me to keep, the measure of our Sister Days....
What if you could gather together generations of women across the ages, meet them, hear them, ask them questions about their lives and loves? Their sorrow and all they overcame? Their triumphs and how they set them in motion?
That's SISTER DAYS. In 365 daily entries, inspired moments in African American herstory, Sister Days is the book that changed they way we, as women, see ourselves each and every day.
How we got ovah, the hymn is sung. How did we make a way out of no way, as the elders say? We did it day by day; forging our Sister Days.
John Wiley & Sons, publisher
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
“Janus Adams’ books are vitamins for the soul.”
—Nick Taliaferro, Talk Show Host
“A book to be handed down—just like a family Bible—to be read by family member after family member, generation after generation.”
—Hattie Winston, Actor
“Janus Adams dazzles us with her poetic and inspirational interpretation of a critical juncture in our nation’s history.”
—Sharon Robinson, Author and Educator
"This book offers answers for people meeting challenges. The challenges that face us today are not new. We look back to see how our forebears met these challenges and we know how to make it through."
—R. Steven Norman III, Archivist and Pastor, Seventh Day Adventist Church
"Embracing all the days of our lives, each page recounts a happening—concisely and in context. Study up on history and be encouraged by past glories, daring actions and events that changed the way we live."
—Tonya Bolden, YSB
"Adams' inventiveness and keen imagination are remarkable in presenting what otherwise might be termed "dry" historical information. There is no way one can put this book down, once having started searching for personal connections to "our" days and months. Where in the world did Adams get the idea that something as ordinary as an index could be such a tool of empowerment?"
—Carol Taylor, New York City Sun
"Whether read as history or practical inspiration, the stories of bravery, intelligence, and fortitude she reveals give a unique road map to rediscovering sister power."
—The New American
“You learn something new every day. It just goes to show you’re never too old to learn about our past. That just made me feel good all over.”
—Audience member. Name unknown
Autographed for Janus Adams for the first 100 copies sold before SISTAFEST.