It is great to be a famous writer and also greater if you were a woman, but here, she is a black woman born in the early 30s of the 20th century, in my opinion it is the greatest because she was a womanist not just a feminist. Toni Morrison is not the first black woman to publish a novel discussing the black community and its suffering of racism. But Harriet E. Wilson did that before her in 1859 (Reuben). Harriet was unable to put her name on her book, due to being black as well as a woman. Since then, black women authors have come a long way in proving themselves as writers.
It was not until she was sent to school in Jacksonville Florida that she actually realized her diversity, or as she put in her short story “To be Colored Me”, “the very day that I became colored “(Hurston). When she arrived in Jacksonville it was the first time that she had such a great contrast of her color to that of the larger of society. “I was not Zora of Orange County any more; I was now a little colored girl. I found it out in certain ways, in my heart as well as in the mirror” (Hurston). Zora was lucky however to have grown up in an all black community where she was not harassed for her color and looked down upon by others.
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Gwendolyn Brooks’ did not let her hurdles in life slow her down. In fact, Brooks’ used her obstacles to her advantage, and sprinted towards the finish line. Gwendolyn faced financial struggles, and limited opportunities due to her racial background. However, Brooks’ achieved many accomplishments and used her African American heritage to become one of America’s best poetic authors. Gwendolyn Brooks has said that her poetry was written for blacks and about blacks, yet any person of any race can relate to the universal themes portrayed in her pieces.
Much of Walker’s ability to realistically write about African American life can be traced back to her early exposure to her black heritage. Born in Alabama, she was deeply influenced by the Harlem Renaissance and received personal encouragement from Langston Hughes. During the Depression, she worked for the WPA Federal Writers Project and assists Richard Wright, becoming his close friend and later, biographer. In 1942, she was the first African American to win the Yale Younger Poets award for her poem For My People (Gates and McKay 1619). Her publishing career halted for... ... middle of paper ... ...was meant to be shared, to be remembered; it was made without exceptions, made for all to witness and recall a rich black history even with its brutality.
Toni Cade Bambara, in her writings, has helped to change the image of black women. Bambara presents a very descriptive picture of what life was like for blacks, particularly women, in the North and in the South. The world, in Bambara’s stories, is seen through the eyes of the black woman. Bambara presents the black woman’s struggle to overcome stereotyping, oppression, and obstacles. Black female writers have become increasingly aware of the negative stereotyping and oppression suffered by black women.
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