In honor of Women’s History Month, author Crystal McCrary and photographer Lauri Lyons present Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World, a book that highlights 30 influential black women who have had an impact on our lives.

Featuring luminaries in the arts, politics, and entertainment, Inspiration features stories and advice from Patti LaBelle, Susan Taylor, First Lady Michelle Obama, Judith Jamison, Mary J. Blige, Venus Williams, Keke Palmer, and many, many more.

In the introduction to the book, McCrary explains why she chose to highlight the stories of the women in Inspiration.

“The women of Inspiration embody a commitment to the ideals of truth and beauty. They are the women I want my daughter, Ella, to emulate as she forges her own path in the world. They are the sort of women I hope my son, Cole, will seek as a partner. They deserve to be honored,” she writes.

We couldn’t agree more.

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