Ntozake Shange(1948 - 2018)

Ntozake Shange was a pioneering black feminist poet and playwright who wrote "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf." The play is about the racism, sexism, violence, and rape experienced by seven black women. Many future writers were influenced by the groundbreaking work. The 1975 Tony-Award nominee played for over 700 performances on Broadway.

The play was adapted into a movie in 2010 starring Janet Jackson and Kerry Washington.

The talented writer published poetry collections, children’s books, novels, and essays. She taught at multiple colleges including Brown University and DePaul University.

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