Toni Cade Bambara Additional Biography


Given the name Miltona Mirkin Cade at birth, Toni Cade acquired the name Bambara in 1970 after she discovered it as part of a signature on a sketchbook she found in her great-grandmother’s trunk. Bambara spent her formative years in New York and Jersey City, New Jersey, attending public and private schools in the areas. Although she maintained that her early short stories are not autobiographical, the protagonists in many of these pieces are young women who recall Bambara’s inquisitiveness as a youngster.

Bambara attended Queens College, New York, and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1959. Earlier that year she had published her first short story, and she also received the John Golden award for fiction from Queens College. Bambara then entered the City College of New York, where she studied modern American fiction, but before completing her studies for the master’s degree, she traveled to Italy and studied in Milan, eventually returning to her studies and earning the master’s in 1963.

From 1959 to 1973, Bambara saw herself as an activist. She held positions as social worker, teacher, and counselor. In her various roles, Bambara saw herself as working for the betterment of the community. During the 1960’s, Rutgers State University developed a strong fine arts undergraduate program. Many talented black artists joined the faculty to practice their craft and to teach. Bambara was one of those talented faculty members. She taught,...

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Toni Cade Bambara (bam-BAHR-ah), born Miltona Mirkin Cade, was one of a group of African American writers who became involved in urban cultural and political activities in the 1960’s. While she lectured and organized rallies on civil rights issues, Bambara used these experiences as sources for essays and fiction. Bambara continued to work within the black urban environment by lecturing, filming, organizing, and teaching in colleges and community schools.{$S[A]Cade, Miltona Mirkin;Bambara, Toni Cade}

Reared with her brother by a single mother in New York City, Bambara was encouraged to be self-sufficient and competent, yet she found women in every neighborhood who cared about black girls and offered liberal advice....

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Toni Cade Bambara was an African American writer, film critic and teacher who conveyed her message about the necessity for social activism in...

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Born Miltona Mirkin Cade in 1939, in New York City, Toni Cade Bambara adopted the African name "Bambara" in 1970. Upon her death in 1995, the...

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Born Miltona Mirkin Cade in 1939 in New York City, Bambara adopted the African name ‘‘Bambara’’ in 1970. Upon her death in 1995, the...

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Toni Cade Bambara was born March 25, 1939, in New York City in Harlem. Her family moved frequently, and Bambara spent her childhood in...

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Toni Cade Bambara, writer, filmmaker, and political activist, says she has known ‘‘the power of the word’’ since she was a child on...

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Toni Cade Bambara was born Miltona Mirkin Cade on March 25, 1939, in New York City. She and her brother were raised by a single mother in...

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