Straight Talk with America's Sister President


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Dr. Cole speaks directly to her younger  sisters--America's Black women--and calls out to them to  take or active role, as she is doing, to help make  their world a better  place.

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Dr. Cole speaks directly to her younger  sisters--America's Black women--and calls out to them to  take or active role, as she is doing, to help make  their world a better  place.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Product Details
eBook (208 pages)
Published: March 2, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307773777
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