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Toni Cade Bambara

(1939—1995)

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African-American Oral Tradition

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

I thought about the tales I had heard as a child. How even The Bible was made over to suit our vivid imagination—Zora Neale Hurston

The African-American oral tradition...

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Alice Walker

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(1944– )

Black US novelist and poet whose writing explores racial and sexual politics as they affect African-American women.

Born into a family of sharecroppers in...

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Black Feminism

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

African-American women have always asserted their own worth as women and allied with black men to defend their group against the dominant society's demeaning racial oppression. After their...

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Conjure Woman

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A term used to refer to a woman in African-American communities believed to have extranatural powers. She can use these powers for good or for evil, as long as the ...

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fiction

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

The general term for invented stories, now usually applied to novels, short stories, novellas, romances, fables, and other narrative works in prose, even though most plays and narrative...

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folklore

Overview page. Subjects: History — Literature.

The traditional beliefs, legends, and customs current among the common people; and the study of them. The term was first introduced by W. J. Thoms in the Athenaeum (1846).

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Henry Dumas

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1934–1968) poet, short fiction writer, and mythologizer.

The literary legacy of Henry Dumas is one that has been kept alive almost single-handedly by fellow poet Eugene Redmond....

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June Jordan

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1936–2002),

born in Harlem, is a poet, novelist, essayist, and writer of children's books. Best known as a poet, she expresses black consciousness and the effects of everyday...

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Maya Angelou

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1928– )

Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

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mentor

Overview page. Subjects: Business and Management.

A formal role that can be taken by anyone with experience in an organization. It is a person who takes a long-term, direct interest in the development of a more junior employee, and who is...

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