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The Purple Flower Essay | Critical Essay #4

Marita Bonner
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Critical Essay #4

Our staged reading occurred within the context of an upper-division literature course on women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Taught by Professor Berg, who is white, the course enrolled fifteen students' five who Identified themselves as African American and ten who identified as white, twelve women and three men; twelve English majors as well as a biology major, an anthropology major, and a continuing education student. Though the course devoted equal time to poetry, fiction, and drama, students were particularly taken by the one-act plays of Georgia Douglas Johnson, Mary Burrill, Shirley Graham, and Manta Bonner. Wanting to share with the campus community their enthusiasm for these plays, as well as their strong conviction that black women writers from this period deserved wider recognition, students decided to host a "celebration" of black women's creativity in the 1920s. Students planned to incorporate poetry and music into the event, but...

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