Love Note to Toni

November 28, 2014
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Beverly Guy-Sheftall: So, five years after you joined the ancestors, the Women’s Center calls your name and honors your work. We celebrate with your friends, comrades, students, community organizers, professors, filmmakers, writers, agitators, and your daughter, Karma Bene Bambara Smith, and her growing family. We are deeply indebted to Karma for the precious gift of your personal papers, which she donated in 2004 to the Spelman College Archives and...
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Toni Cade Bambara: ‘…an uptown Griot’

November 28, 2014
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Cheryl Clarke: The Black Woman: An Anthology from 1970, which Toni edited...is still one of the books I live by. Really, until Barbara Smith and Lorraine Bethel edited Conditions: Five, the Black Women's Issue in 1979, The Black Woman and Gerda Lerner's Black Women in White America were really the only two works that addressed black women's expressivity and history in relation to feminism. So, Toni Cade Bambara is...
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Liberation Legacy: Fifteen Years of the Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Program and Conferences at Spelman College, 2000-2015

November 28, 2014
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M. Bahati Kuumba and Malika Redmond: The Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference happens in March during Women’s History Month on or near Bambara’s birthday. It is both a celebration of her audacious body of work on behalf of Black people and gives students the opportunity to set the conference agenda, take charge of conference logistics, present scholarly work, and hear from scholar-activists in and outside of the Atlanta...
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Toni Cade Bambara: The Moment In-Between

November 27, 2014
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Eleanor Traylor: Since then, we became communicants like those described in “the Johnson Girls” in Gorilla. And our talk, like those girls, was self-fashioning talk. Yes, we were hip as the “fly” hats and dresses that Paula Baldwin Whaley made.
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Bambara: What She Meant To Us/Me

November 27, 2014
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There is brilliance and bravery written here, among the cultures of masculinity and “men run it.” There is a clear message here for the youthful years and innocent eyes of “I’ll make us a world” students. Toni Cade Bambara, in her critical, original and singular anthology The Black Woman (1970), opened the door for serious dialogue among young women and young men, like myself, who were deeply involved in...
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And The Beat Goes On: Toni Cade Bambara

November 27, 2014
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Dr. Gloria I. Joseph: Toni Cade Bambara’s talents and intellect were indeed, outstanding. Her range of knowledge was extensive as was repeatedly demonstrated during conversations and through her writings. The fact that this “knowledgeable information” flowed so easily from Toni and the manner in which she seemingly automatically, reached conclusions and swiftly got to the bottom line of discussions/ conversations, is demonstrative of genius quality.
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The Seabirds Don’t Lie

November 26, 2014
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Laura Whitehorn: Rubbish, really, and you showed me so later, narrating the tale of similar idiocies from liberals visiting a Black southern community, romanticizing what they saw and in so doing, insulting the intelligence and discounting the creativity of the community they were visiting. Be honest, you said, without exactly saying it, solidarity can’t flower from bullshit.
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Toni Cade Bambara: A Woman of and for the People

November 26, 2014
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Budapest, Hungary, 2014
photograph: ©Mindenki Joga

Michael Simmons: What struck me about Toni during this time was that she was continually engaged in forming organizations that allowed African American artists to develop and share their talent with the community. In doing this, Toni explicitly and implicitly redefined what it meant to be an artist.
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Toni Cade Bambara Remembered

November 26, 2014
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Donald P. Stone
photograph: © AfroLez® Productions

Donald P. Stone: In the mid-seventies, Toni moved South to Atlanta, which at that time had a very active political and cultural community. Some of the questions this vibrant community confronted were how to make our art relevant to the masses of people and how to make it serve the ends we were fighting for. We were all developing our activist and aesthetic frameworks out of our participation in...
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For Toni and the Sisterhood, with Love…

November 25, 2014
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Denise M. Brown: Her life a stunning example of her belief that “a writer, like any other cultural worker, like any other member of the community, ought to try to put their skills in the service of the community.” She taught me about the nature of leadership and community in the way she lived, and like all truly great leaders, in the lineage she has left behind, each of...
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My TCB Experience 1991-1995

November 25, 2014
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Amadee Braxton: Toni could couch the most subversive or controversial notion into a most matter-of-fact sentence. Like when she told me that “Tragedy” was an overrated western construct and that, as Black people, she didn’t feel we had time for it. That’s why her stories focus on struggle, resilience, getting organized to do what needs to be done, or at least how to figure it out on the way...
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