Creation Is Everything You Do: Shange, The Sisterhood & Black Collectivity

In the 1970s black women writers began gathering in Brooklyn and Manhattan, forming themselves into a group who came to be informally known as The Sisterhood. Uplifting each others’ lives and honing their craft, they were central to an explosion of 1970s & 80s literature that included for colored girls who have considered a suicide when the rainbow is enuf. On social media, the photo of these future literary legends enjoying each other’s style and presence is almost iconic. Join our invited writers for a discussion of Shange’s place in this and other collectives. Where does literary organizing fit into histories of black feminist activism? What lessons can these earlier groups offer young women today about organizing and cultivating artistic communities? And how can they claim space for radical voices?

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