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Week 2 - Class Class - race

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MasaniAlexisDeVeaux
Iwasbornoneofeightchildrenon:September24,1948,andraisedinHarlem,NewYorkCity.Mymotherwasonwelfareatthetimeandmyfa-therwasinprisoninupstateNewYorkforthebetterpartofmyearlychildhood.IattendedelementaryandjuniorhighschoolsinHarlem.Later,whenwemovedtotheSouthBronx,IattendedandgraduatedfromWaltonHighSchoolwhichwaslocatedinaWhiteworking-classcommunityintheNorthBronx.Al-thoughmypaternalgrandmotherwaslicensedasateacherinNorthCarolina,whenshemigratednorthinthe1930s,theonlyjobshecouldse-curewasoneas
9-
maid.MymaternalgrandfatherworkedfortheNewYorkCityTransitAuthoritylayingtiles.ThisphotographwastakenofmeinanapartmentintheEastVillage,NewYorkCity,circa1969.Iwastwenty--oneyearsoldthenandjustbegin-ningtoimaginemyselfas
a
writer(atthetimeofthisphotograph,Iwasonlywritingpoetry).Shortlyafterthisphotowastaken,
I
startedworkonmyfirstbook,
SpiritsintheStreet
(Doubleday,1973).
MasaniAlexisDeVeauxisapoet,essayist,-playwright,andpolitlcalactivistwhoseworkisnationallyandinternationallyknown.Inaddi-tiontotheexperimentalnovel
SpiritsintheStreet,
herworksincludetwoawardwinningchildren'sbooks,
Na-Ni
(HarperandRow,
1973),AnEnchantedHairTale
(HarperandRow,1987),and
Don'tExplain,
abiographyofjazzgreatBillieHoliday.Herplayshavebeenproducedontelevision,OffBroadway,Off-OffBroadway,inregionaltheatersandinclude:
Circles
(1972);
TheTapestry{1976};ASeasontoUnravel
(1979);thehighlyacclaimed
No
(1981);and
ElbowRooms
(1987).Sheworkedasawriter,contrihutingeditor,"andeditor-ai-large'with
Essence
magazinefortwelveyears.Inthiscapacity,sheexaminedaglobalspectrum01socialandpoliticalissuesimportanttoAfrican-AmericanWomen,Third-WorldWomen,andWomenofColor.
As
anac-tivist,shehastraveledextenSivelyinAfrica,LatinAmerica,theCaribbean,Europe,Japan,andthroughouttheUnitedStates,workingwithvariousThirdWorldWomen'sandWomenofColororganizations,andisanactivesponsorofMADRE,aninternationalorganizationbasedinNewYorkCity,andaBoardmemberoftheSt.Croix-basedSISA:SisterhoodinSupport.ofSistersinSouthAfrica.Presently,sheisanassistantprofessorofWomen'sStudiesandafacultymemberoftheAmericanStudiesDe-partmentintheSialeUniversity,ofNewYorkatBuffalo.~
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