There is a strong kinship bond that exists among blacks, one that links the blood-related family to other African Americans and to their African ancestors. Jim Haskins, in "Some African Influences on the Afro-American Theater," contends that "as acquaintance with things African grows, as the essential and difficult work of tracing Africanism in America continues, we will come to know how really vast and invisible the African influence on all American theater has been." 35 The black women playwrights of this study have drawn, both consciously and intuitively, upon African traditions to solidify the African American family. Childress, Hansberry, and Shange speak of the drums that beckon and prompt them to write of the heartbeat and the rhythms of a people whose single most important forte is its sense of family.
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Publication information: Book title: Their Place on the Stage:Black Women Playwrights in America. Contributors: Elizabeth Brown-Guillory - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 149.
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