Margaret Busby Daughters of Africa

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Daughters of Africa

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"A magnificent starting place for any reader interested in becoming part of the collective enterprise of discovering and uncovering the silent, forgotten, and underrated voices of black women."
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From all over the world and through the ages, here is a dazzling collection of two hundred women writers of African descent, showcased as never before, including:
Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Childress, Maryse Conde, Aldo do Espirito Santo, Marita Golden, Pilar Lopez Gonzales, June Jordan, Terry McMillan, Queen of Sheba, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Phillis Weatley, and many, many others.

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"Trying to catch a flowing river in a calabash" is how Margaret Busby, editor of Daughters of Africa, describes assembling this impressively broad collection of writings by women of African descent. Early selections include songs from sub-Saharan Africa and ancient Egypt that carve out a heritage. Later writings are poignant, infuriating, or simply enjoyable. Nisa, a !Kung woman from Botswana, tells of her family's consternation over her reluctance to marry at the respectable age of 12. Carolia Maria de Jesus writes movingly of life in the Brazilian favelas, shantytown slums where she raised her children. And Alice Childress, a talented American writer and actress, contributes a hilarious one-sided conversation in which a brassed-off maid sets her employer straight regarding their decidedly nonfamilial relationship. Drawing on so many cultures strains the connecting thread, but makes the book richly rewarding.

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When my sister found out she had been accepted to the Peace Corps and would be leaving for Senegal in six months, she was inundated with all sorts of books, articles, and information from friends and family members. Although books about Africa were helpful for her to learn about her new home for the next few years, she told me that one of the most important for her was the copy of DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA that I had given her.

In this anthology, my sister can read the actual voices of Africa, rather than just information about the history or sociology or economy of a certain country. This book brings together poetry, plays, fiction and journalism in the unique and varied voices of women from all over Africa, as well as those of African ascent. My sister can read the truths of Senegal in the words of such writers as Mariama Ba, Nafissatou Diallo, Annette M'Baye, Aminata Sow-Fall, Myriam Warner-Vieyra, and Phyllis Wheatley. Although I am happy for my sister's upcoming journey, I have been worried about the distance that will soon be between us. But a book like DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA gives me a window on what her experience will be, and in a way brings me closer to the people and country she will soon inhabit

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