Author Linda Holmes discusses the life of feminist writer and activist, Toni Cade Bambara

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Join us Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6PM in the McKinley Washington Auditorium of the Avery Research Center for author Linda Holmes’ lecture entitled, “Celebrating Toni Cade Bambara: A Life of Political and Spiritual Boundaries.” Holmes is the author of a book on Bambara’s life, A Joyous Revolt: Toni Cade Bambara, Writer and Activist. Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995) was at the forefront of twentieth century black feminist literary movements. Her 1970 anthology, The Black Woman, insisted on allowing black women to speak in their own words. Her writing, film work, and activism amplified the power of black women speaking for themselves and challenged stereotypical black female roles, making Bambara among the first to contribute to the contemporary black feminist movement. In this presentation, Linda Holmes explores how the life and work of Toni Cade Bambara informs contemporary social and political movements. Throughout her creative career, Bambara wanted her writing and activism to spark transformation. This presentation will celebrate this groundbreaking writer.