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Toni Cade Bambara, American writer, educator.


Bambara, Toni Cade was born on March 25, 1939 in New York City.


Bachelor in Theatre Arts, Queens College, 1959. Master of Arts in American Literature, City College of New York, 1965. Postgraduate, State University of New York, Buffalo.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Albany, 1990. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Denison University, 1993.


Family and youth case worker New York Department Welfare, 1959-1961. Director recreation Metropolitan Hospital Psychiatric Division, 1961-1962. Program director Colony Settlement House, 1962-1965.

Artists in resident Spellman College, 1978-1979, Neighborhood Arts Center, 1975-1979, Stephens College, 1976. Instructor SEEK program City College, 1965-1969. Research mentor and instructor School Social Work Atlanta University, 1977, 79.

Assistant professor English Rutgers University, 1969-1974. Instructor Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, from 1986. Arts consultant The Black Arts South Conference, 1981, Georgia State Arts Council, 1976, 81, New York State Arts Council, 1974, National Education Association, 1980.

Humanities consultant Emory University Institute Language Arts, 1980, New York Institute for Human Services Training, 1978, New Jersey Department Corrections, 1974. Visiting professor Afro-American Studies, Duke University, 1975, Atlanta University, 1977. Writer, lecturer storyteller, consultant in literature, cinema, production, and curricula.

Member advisory board Black Cinemateque, Atlanta, National Black Programming Consortium, Ohio, International Black Cinema, Berlin/New York, Essence Magazine. Writer, narrator for Louis Massiahs series on Doctor W.E.B. DuBois, Scribe Productions, 1993. Narrator John Akumfrah's documentary Seven Songs of Malcolm, Black Film Audio Collective, 1993, Nadine Patterson documentary on Anna Russell Jone, Patterson Productions, 1993, others.

Writer various workshops. Lecturer in field.