Author of “For Colored Girls,” Ntozake Shange, Passes Away at Age 70


Ntozake Shange, the writer of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” died at the age of 70 on Saturday, October 27th. Ntozake was a spoken word artist turned playwright when her choreopoem was transformed into a Broadway play. A groundbreaking phenomenon on Broadway, Ntozake was only 27 years old when “For Colored Girls” opened at the Booth Theatre in 1976. Her play, composed of a series of feminist monologues, included seven black female characters each named for a color of the rainbow. Despite being a black woman, an unusual combination in Broadway at the time, her play was nominated for a Tony Award.

For Further Reading:

Take a look at how “For Colored Girls” has impacted the lives of many.  


Discussion Question:

Has any author or playwright played a strong role in your life? Whose work did you first read or see that you identified with?


Action Item:

Read Shange’s poem, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf," and write your own poem reflecting upon the issues addressed.


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