April is always a very busy time at my college. It’s the time of year when the students begin to apply all they have learned during the previous months. Founder’s Day for the college happens in April. But another annual event takes place every April and that is the conference that celebrates Toni Cade Bambara.
I have seen how it is far too easy for the reading public to forget Black Women Writers. So, about 15 years ago, my college created this annual two-day conference surrounding the works and
legacy of Toni Cade Bambara who wrote amazing short stories, novels and essays. She was also a documentarian, an accomplishment I can only admire from afar.
So I take this post in April to celebrate this author originally born Miltona Mirkin Cade, who was also a professor at the same college where I teach. Her works are a rich writing legacy that we all should explore. I celebrate her because she was taken from us much too soon at the young age of 56. If you want to know more about the writer that inspired and awed other Black writers like Toni Morrison, you should read any of her works and celebrate her singular point of view.