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Jane Alexander
A heroic woman's journey in BET's film 'The Book of Negroes'

"The Book of Negroes" tells the story of an 11-year-old girl kidnapped from West Africa in the 18th century who became a slave on a South Carolina plantation, an activist in New York City and a recipient of a harsh brand of freedom in Halifax before facing more peril on her return to Sierra Leone, then, arriving in England late in life, being honored for her courage and ideals. Aminata Diallo is this singular champion, who in a stirring BET miniseries becomes the author of the real-life "Book of Negroes," a historical document compiled in 1783 by order of the British military at the end of the Revolutionary War. It chronicles some 3,000 blacks who during the war had...