The Wisconsin Book Festival and the Savannah Book Festival present Dr. Yaba Blay, Imani Perry, and Tarana Burke in conversation discussing Sing a Black Girl’s Song, a new posthumous collection of Ntozake Shange’s unpublished poems, essays, and plays from throughout the life of the seminal Black feminist writer.
This seminal collection is a window into Shange’s internal life, from her writings as a budding poet and her galvanizing calls to action written during the Black Arts Movement to her verse and prose are infused with humor, sadness, joy, and projections of a better future — exemplifying not only the breadth of Black experience in America, but of the human experience as a whole. Throughout, she references the people, languages, places, music, and groups that influenced and enriched her work. Where the world often forces Black women into isolation due to systematic injustice, Shange, in her undeniably singular voice, firmly rebuked the idea that we are meant to suffer alone, or at all. For every Black woman and girl drowning in feelings of self-doubt, lovelessness, and victimhood, Shange used her prose to provide love and healing.
Join the event September 20th at 8:00 p.m. ET via the following Crowdcast link: Sing A Black Girl’s Song. Before the event begins, you will see a countdown and the event image.