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Writer, political activist, and filmmaker Toni Cade Bambara was by all accounts an extraordinary storyteller. Her stories-the intensely spiritual The Salt Eaters, the painstakingly woven Those Bones Are Not My Child, the wonderful short story compilation The Sea Birds Are Still Alive-are embedded in urban African American experiences. This volume is a tribute to the legacy of Bambara, an appreciation of her work, and a celebration of her life and contribution to contemporary American literature and social consciousness. Editors Holmes, Bambara's former student and a successful writer, and Wall, a writer and Rutgers University English professor, assembled the voices of distinguished art and literary personalities like Amiri Baraka, Abena Busia, Sonia Sanchez, Eleanor Taylor, Audre Lorde, Rudolph Byrd, actor Ruby Dee, and many more. They all write insightfully and affectionately, as they celebrate a truly genuine writer and social activist who made no apologies for being black and female. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Edward K. Owusu-Ansah