In ‘‘The Lesson,’’ another story from the collection Gorilla, My Love, a community worker from Harlem gives the children in her neighborhood a harsh lesson in inequality by taking them on an outing to the expensive F.A.O. Schwarz toy store in midtown Manhattan.
Paule Marshall’s novel Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959) is about a girl’s growth into young womanhood in a Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood populated by immigrants from Barbados.
Sherley A. Williams gives a critical analysis of heroes in African American fiction from the nineteenth century...
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