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There are plenty of e-notes sites which discuss in detail the life, writings, and impact of Toni Cade Bambara. I've included a link below to offer you more help, but I'll tell you what I know. She grew up in Harlem in the 1940s, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. The black art and music and literature of that time throbbed like a hertbeat even on the streets of Harlem, and this was the foundation for her writing as she moved into the civil rights and civil unrest of the '50s and '60s. Her early works reflect these influences. Her other writings were driven by her mother's influence, and she wrote The Black Woman during the height of the women's movement. Her best known work, to me, is Gorilla, My Love, a collection of short stories.
This is not enough with which to write your report, but with some research you'll find plenty of information, I'm sure. Toni Cade Bambara is an interesting author, and I'm hoping you've read at least something she's written. If not, I'd like to suggest an excellent short story of hers entitled "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird."
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