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Toni Cade Bambara


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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 applaud the tradition of struggle in our community, to bring to center stage all those characters, just ordinary folks on the block, who've been waiting in the wings, characters we thought we had to ignore because they weren't pimp-flashy or hustler-slick or because they didn't fit easily into previously acceptable modes or stock types. I want to lift up some usable truths ...''
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), African American fiction writer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1983).
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  • ''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 "Western civilization" has claimed the allegiance of so many. We have rarely been encouraged and equipped to appreciate the fact that the truth works, that it releases the Spirit and that it is a joyous thing. We live in a part of the world, for example, that equates criticism with assault, that equates social responsibility with naive idealism, that defines the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge and wisdom as fanaticism.''
    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).
  • ''It's a dismally lonely business, writing.''
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939), African American fiction writer. As quoted in Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 2, by Claudia Tate (1985).

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