Janet Cheatham Bell Presents "Still Rising"

Author JANET CHEATHAM BELL visits Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 pm to present her new book Still Rising: Famous Black Quotations For the Twenty-First Century.  Janet will sign copies of her book after the discussion. Her book is an inspiring collection of pithy, easy-to-recall one-liners and quotable short passages from historic and contemporary thought leaders throughout the African Diaspora.


To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Famous Black Quotations, first published in 1986, has long been the go-to resource for the eloquent words of Black history makers. In this new, expanded edition, Still Rising: Famous Black Quotations for the Twenty-First Century, editor Janet Cheatham Bell includes the words of people who have come to prominence in recent decades, such as Barack and Michelle Obama, Alicia Garza, John Legend, Colin Kaepernick, Kamala Harris, and Nikole Hannah-Jones. Bestselling author Bell has curated more than five hundred quotes along with dates, sources, and biographical information of the people quoted. This guide to significant events in the experiences of people of African descent can be used to educate and inspire. Much has changed in the past few decades as Black Americans speak out to demand fair treatment and equal opportunity, and Famous Black Quotations for the Twenty-First Century has been updated and repackaged to inspire a new generation.

“Janet Cheatham Bell is a pioneer in doing books of Black quotations.” Henry Louis Gates Jr., host, Finding Your Roots; director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University


JANET CHEATHAM BELL is an educator, recovering academic, author, and publishing entrepreneur. After teaching African American literature and composition at several universities, she became a curriculum consultant for ethnic studies. Beginning in 1978, she became an editor of high school literature textbooks, working to make them more inclusive. That experience in book publishing encouraged her to self-publish her first collection of Black quotations in 1986. By 2002, she had nine books of quotations on the market. In addition, she has published two memoirs, The Time and Place That Gave Me Life (2007) and Mixed Marriage (2018). She has also written two essay collections—Victory of the Spirit (2011) and Not All Poor People Are Black (2015).

She considers her highest achievement to be that of her Emmy-winning comedian-filmmaker son, W. Kamau Bell, as well as her Hugo-winning, bestselling niece, N. K. Jemisin, who both credit her for inspiring them to pursue their dreams. Now a grateful grandmother in her eighties, she is still writing and still taking risks. 

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on February 15th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Still Rising: Famous Black Quotations for the Twenty-First Century By Janet Cheatham Bell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572843202
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Published: Agate Bolden - January 24th, 2023