Ntozake Shange

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Ntozake Shange
Ntozake Shange, Reid Lecture, Women Issues Luncheon, Women's Center, November 1978 Crisco edit.jpg
Shange in 1978
Paulette L. Williams

(1948-10-18)October 18, 1948
DiedOctober 27, 2018(2018-10-27) (aged 70)
Alma materBarnard College
University of Southern California
OccupationPlaywright, Author
Known forfor colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
Parent(s)Paul T. Williams, Eloise Williams

Ntozake Shange (/ntˌzɑːk ˈʃɑːŋˌɡ/ N-toh-zah-kee SHAHNG-gay;[1] October 18, 1948 – October 27, 2018) was an American playwright and poet.[2] She wrote about race and Black power in much of her work.

Shange is best known for the Obie Award-winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Her other works were Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), Liliane (1994), and Betsey Brown (1985).

Shange died in her sleep October 27, 2018, aged 70, in an assisted living facility in Bowie, Maryland from stroke-related complications.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ntozake Shange Biography, FilmReference.com; accessed October 27, 2018.
  2. Lester, N: "At the Heart of Shange's: An Interview", Black American Literature Forum, 24(4): 717–730.
  3. Kennedy, Mark (October 27, 2018), "Author Ntozake Shange of 'For Colored Girls' fame has died", ABC News.