Marita Bonner, a former African American writer, essayist, and playwright during the time of the Harlem Renaissance is known for her essays and first fictional work known as “Frye Street.” She was born on June 16, 1898, in Boston Massachusetts, attended public school where she learned how to play the piano and began writing for her High School magazine, the Sagamor. Because Bonner was sheltered most of her adolescent life from racial prejudice until after high school, Bonner would end up experiencing discrimination when she was accepted into Radcliff College. She other black students was forced to commute back and forth between home and school because black students weren’t allowed to live on campus. The discrimination on campus would become part of he...
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...971. Although Marita Bonner has passed on, her work has become the writer’s legacy and influence to black communities.
Marita Bonners’ work still reminds readers specifically the black community of the Harlem Renaissance and how the movement raised awareness of oppression. Bonner identifies at least one of these oppressions in her works. On Being Young- a Woman- and Colored essay, the writer discusses the intersectionality of the historical context of oppression and naturality of racial discrimination. The problem with time and money and how it equates to the American Dream, but the factors of time and money only allow a few to achieve the American Dream. Then lastly discussing gender discrimination and how it is used to take advantage, exploit, and manipulate the weaker sex causing women to be silenced oppressed in specifically western male patriarchal societies.
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