Somewhere out there in presentations, I've said that the greatest 10 years in African American literary history occurred from 1965 - 1976 -- so great that it refused to fit within a conventional 10-year frame. Alright, so today, I'm going to say that the greatest 25 years in African American women's writing has to be 1969 - 1994, right?
[Related: Black men writers and creativity, 1995 - 2016]
Ok, maybe you disagree. But for now, I'm providing a 60-entry timeline just to see what we have here.
1969: Maya Angelou publishes autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
1969: Lucille Clifton publishes Good Times.
1969: Carolyn Rodgers publishes "Black Poetry--Where It's At" appears in Negro Digest.
1969: Sonia Sanchez publishes Homecoming.
1970: Toni Morrison published The Bluest Eye.
1970: Alice Walker publishes The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
1970: Nikki Giovanni publishes Black Feeling, Black Talk/ Black Judgement.
1970: Mari Evans publishes I am a Black Woman.
1970: Sonia Sanchez publishes We a Baddddd People.
1970: Toni Cade Bambara edits and publishes The Black Woman: An Anthology.
1971: Jayne Cortez publishes Festivals and Funerals.
1971: Nikki Giovanni releases album Truth Is On Its Way with the New York Community Choir.
1972: Toni Cade Bambara publishes Gorilla, My Love.
1972: Sherley Anne Williams publishes Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study in Neo-Black Literature.
1973: Toni Morrison publishes Sula.
1973: Nikki Giovanni publishes Ego-Tripping and Other Poems For Young People.
1974: Jayne Cortez releases album Celebrations & Solitudes: The Poetry of Jayne Cortez.
1974: Alice Walker publishes "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: The Creativity of Black Women in the South."
1974: Angela Davis publishes Angela Davis: An Autobiography
1975: Gayl Jones publishes Corregidora.
1975: Ntozake Shange publishes for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.
1975: Mary Helen Washington publishes Black-Eyed Susans: Stories by and about Black Women
1976: Alice Walker publishes Meridian.
1976: Octavia Butler publishes Patternmaster.
1977: Toni Morrison publishes Song of Solomon.
1977: Octavia Butler publishes Mind of My Mind.
1978: Octavia Butler publishes Survivor.
1979: Octavia Butler publishes Kindred.
1980: Barbara Christian publishes Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, 1892-1976.
1980: Toni Cade Bambara publishes The Salt Eaters.
1980: Octavia Butler publishes Wild Seed.
1981: bell hooks publishes Ain't I a Woman?: Black women and feminism.
1982: Alice Walker publishes The Color Purple.
1982: Gloria Naylor publishes The Women of Brewster Place.
1983: Claudia Tate publishes collection of interviews, Black Women Writers at Work.
1983: Paule Marshall publishes Reena and Other Stories.
1984: Mari Evans edits and publishes Black Women Writers (1950-1980).
1984: bell hooks publishes Feminist theory: from margin to center.
1984: Audre Lorde publishes Sister Outsider.
1984: Octavia Butler publishes Clay's Ark.
1985: Alice Walker's The Color Purple released as film.
1986: Rita Dove publishes Thomas and Beulah.
1986: Sherley Anne Williams publishes Dessa Rose.
1987: Toni Morrison publishes Beloved.
1987: Barbara Christian publishes "The Race for theory."
1987: Assata Shakur publishes Assata: An Autobiography.
1988: Gloria Naylor publishes Mama Day.
1989: Kimberlé Crenshaw publishes "Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex."
1989: Glorida Naylor's Women of Brewster Place released as television miniseries.
1990: Elizabeth Alexander publishes The Venus Hottentot.
1990: Marilyn Nelson publishes The Homeplace.
1990: Patricia Hill Collins publishes Black Feminist Thought.
1990: bell hooks publishes Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics.
1990: Michelle Wallace publishes Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.
1991: Julie Dash writes, directs, and produces Daughters of the Dust.
1992: Toni Morrison publishes Jazz.
1992: Terry McMillan publishes Waiting to Exhale.
1993: Maya Angelou reads poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at inauguration of Bill Clinton.
1994: Edwidge Danticat publishes Breath, Eyes, Memory
1994: Tricia Rose publishes Black Noise.