African-American author Ntozake Shange, known for works including For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, passed on early Saturday morning. She was 70.
According to the family of the author, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Born Paulette L. Williams on October 8, 1948, in Trenton, New Jersey, Shange came from a prominent family. Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother, an educator and psychiatric social worker. They supported and encouraged her interest in the arts, particularly in poetry.
She went ahead to publish novels, poetry collections, children’s books and plays, which had an immense contribution to the Black Arts Movement as well as feminist movement in America and in the world.
Here are some of the powerful quotes the illustrious author, playwright, and poet will be remembered for:
- I found god in myself and i loved her, i loved her fiercely
- Where there is a woman, there is magic.
- My love is too delicate to have thrown back on my face, my love is too beautiful to have thrown back on my face, my love is too sanctified to have thrown back on my face, my love is too magic to have thrown back on my face, my love is too saturday nite to have thrown back on my face, my love is too complicated to have thrown back on my face, my love is too music to have thrown back on my face.
- What I want and I wanted to be unforgettable.
- I’m a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people’s lives.
- Creation is everything you do. Make something.
- I am gonna write poems til i die and when i have gotten outta this body i am gonna hang round in the wind and knock over everybody who got their feet on the ground.
- Right now being born a girl is to be born threatened.
- Being alive and being a woman is all I got, but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet.
- I started writing because there’s an absence of things I was familiar with or that I dreamed about. One of my senses of anger is related to this vacancy – a yearning I had as a teenager. . .and when I get ready to write, I think I’m trying to fill that. . .