Pearl Cleage Biography | Author of Blues for an Alabama Sky

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Pearl Michelle Cleage (pronounced "cleg") was born December 7, 1948, in Springfield, Massachusetts. She grew up in Detroit, where her father, a minister, founded his own denomination and became widely known for the fifteen-foot-high painting of the Black Madonna and Child, called the "Shrine of the Black Madonna," which adorned his church. Cleage's mother was a schoolteacher who, along with Cleage's father, instilled in her a sense of responsibility to the African-American community. Cleage now describes her political orientation as that of an African-American Urban Nationalist Feminist Warrior.

Cleage studied drama and playwriting at a number of colleges and universities. She attended Howard University from 1966 until 1969, when she married Michael Lucius Lomax, an elected county official in Georgia (they were divorced ten years later). She attended Yale University in 1969 and the University of the West Indies in 1971. In 1971, she received a bachelor's degree from Spelman College and enrolled in graduate...

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