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Toni Cade Bambara, born Miltona Mirkin Cade (March 25, 1939 – December 9, 1995) was an African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and college professor.

Toni Cade Bambara was born in New York City to parents Walter and Helen (Henderson) Cade. She grew up in Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn), Queens and New Jersey, NJ. In 1970 she changed her name to include the... more »

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  • I do not think that literature is the primary instrument for social transformation, but I do think it has potency. So I work to tell the truth about people's lives; I work to celebrate struggle, to ap...
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), African American fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1983).
  • My responsibility to myself, my neighbors, my family and the human family is to try to tell the truth. That ain't easy. There are so few truth-speaking traditions in this society in which the myth of ...
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), African American fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1983).
  • ''I try to live [the Golden Rule] and I certainly expect it of some particular others. But I'll be damned if I want most folk out there to do unto me what they do unto themselves.''
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), U.S. fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1983).
  • ''I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.''
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), U.S. fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1983).
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