The Black Woman: An Anthology (Google eBook)

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Toni Cade Bambara
Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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A collection of early, emerging works from some of today's most celebrated African American female writers

When it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an astonishing new wave of voices that demanded to be heard. In this groundbreaking volume of original essays, poems, and stories, a chorus of outspoken women -- many who would become leaders in their fields: bestselling novelist Alice Walker, poets Audre Lorde and Nikki Giovanni, writer Paule Marshall, activist Grace Lee Boggs, and musician Abbey Lincoln among them -- tackled issues surrounding race and sex, body image, the economy, politics, labor, and much more. Their words still resonate with truth, relevance, and insight today.
  

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Even though most of these essays were written in the late 1960s and early 1970s they are still speaking to some of the same situations we as black women are facing in 2009. This book would be great ... Read full review

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This 1970 collection, edited by Bambara, sports fiction, poetry, and essays by heavy-hitters such as Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Paule Marshall, and Abbey Lincoln on race, sex, politics, and lots more. Read full review

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Contents

Preface
1
Naturally
15
The Diary of an African Nun
41
Mississippi Politics
65
Dear Black Man
87
The Black Woman as a Woman
103
On the Issue of Roles
123
Black Man My Man Listen
137
Genocide or Liberation?
203
The Black Social Workers Dilemma
213
Ebony Minds Black Voices
227
Poor Black Womens Study Papers
239
A Historical and Critical Essay
251
The Black Revolution in America
269
Looking Back
287
From the Family Notebook
297

Black Romanticism
171
Black People and the Victorian Ethos
179
Black Pride? Some Contradictions
187
Thinking About the Play
303
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About the author (2010)

Toni Cade Bambara, a well-known teacher, writer, and social activist, was born on May 25, 1939, in New York. Bambara's mother was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance and fostered creativity in her daughter. After graduating from Queens College in 1959, Bambara worked as a social investigator for the New York Department of Welfare. This experience influenced her writing and reflected her interest in the welfare of the black community. Bambara returned to school, receiving her MA from City College of New York in 1965, where she taught until 1969. It was in the 1970s that Bambara wrote her most important works, including Black Woman, Southern Black Utterances Today, and Gorilla My Love. Bambara's works are frequently written in black street dialect and are set in the rural South and the urban North. She is interested in the identities and experiences of the black community and writes about their effects as a society. She has also authored several film and television scripts. Bambara is a frequent guest lecturer, visiting professor, and community leader. She received an American Book Award in 1981 Her novel The Salt Eaters (1980) is centered around a healing event that coincides with a community festival in the fictional city of Claybourne, Georgia. The novel Those Bones Are Not My Child or If Blessings Come (title of the manuscript), was published posthumously in 1999. It deals with the disappearance and murder of forty black children in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. It was called her masterpiece by Toni Morrison, who edited it and also gathered some of Bambara's short stories, essays, and interviews in the volume Deep Sightings & Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays & Conversations. (Vintage, 1996). Toni Cade Bambara was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1993 and died of it in 1995, at age 56.

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