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There are several prominent issues conveyed throughout the slave narrative novel, titled The Book of Negroes, they are issues that are still extremely relevant in our society today. Women in modern day society are still fighting for what Aminata Diallo fought for: liberty, strength, freedom from oppression, and most importantly, power. For many women all over the world, in particular third world countries, women’s lives are devalued and debased. Ironically, still to this day, the lives of women are not seen as important as the lives of men. Furthermore,  racial inequality amongst women is still extremely prevalent, even among the most respected individuals of the African race. They still have to overcome many oppressive obstacles in order to be recognized as a well-respected individual in society.         Aminata Diallo still manages to eradicate this restriction on women imposed by authority and achieve power. She also manages to make her name familiar and earn a relatively respected place in society, despite being a victim of circumstance.       In The Book of Negroes, the author Lawrence Hill displays the protagonist Aminata Diallo as a woman who demonstrates the ultimate act of resilience, from maintaining her racialized identity and putting herself into a role of power within several environments that promote her oppression.       From her abduction in Africa, to being sold into slavery, and in her elderly life. Aminata continuously shows her strong sense of her racialized identity, which she predominantly uses to fight for the power of herself and her people.       Aminata’s parents are strong role models that comprise a pivotal role in the development of her racial identity. Aminata begins to develop her identity as a young girl. Her father is a well-respected man in their community. He begins to teach Aminata about the religion of Islam by teaching her to read the Quran. “I would be the only woman, and one of the only people on my entire village to be able to read the Quran and to write Arabic script” (25).  Aminata’s mother is also a very respected women in her community, she teaches Aminata to deliver babies. These intellectual teachings are what shape Aminata’s character.