For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Another classic from the Second-Wave, this choreopoem was first performed in December 1974 at Bacchanal, a woman’s bar near Berkeley, CA. Poetry in bars was a San Francisco thing– from Spec’s to Minnie’s Can-Do Club (in the Haight). Ntozake Shange bustled from Sonoma State where she was studying in the Women’s Studies program down to San Francisco to learn dance, discovering both parts of her identity– woman and African. The twenty poems are performed by seven women in different colors of the rainbow, interspersed with dancing, singing. Topics range from graduation, love, pregnancy, abortion, rape, discovery of Toussaint L’Ouverture.