“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Skinker DeBaliviere in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Ntozake Shange

Born October 18, 1948

Ntozake Shange Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Ntozake Shange Marker
Inscription.  Born Paulette Williams, writer Ntozake Shange lived in St. Louis from 8 to 13 years of age on Windemere Place in the Ville. Her experiences in St. Louis infuse her work, especially the novels "Betsy Brown" (1985) and "Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter" (1994). She won an Obie Award for her electrifying stage play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf." Now a standard of the American stage, the 1976-77 Broadway hit was adapted into a major motion picture in 2010. A prodigious author of poetry collections, novels and essays as well as plays, Ntozake Shange's work combines technical innovation and lyric exuberance with a passionate feminist voice writing from an African-American perspective.
Erected 2012 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicWomen. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1976.
Location. 38° 39.311′ N, 90° 17.895′ 
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W. Marker is in Skinker DeBaliviere in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard east of North Skinker Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6160 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Curt Flood (here, next to this marker); Whitey Herzog (here, next to this marker); Donny Hathaway (here, next to this marker); Cedric the Entertainer (here, next to this marker); The 5th Dimension (a few steps from this marker); William Holden (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Hart Benton (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott Bakula (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Skinker DeBaliviere.
Also see . . .  Her Pen is a Machete: The Art of Ntozake Shange (, 12 min.). (Submitted on October 17, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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