Magazine article New Internationalist

[Those Bones Are Not My Child]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Those Bones Are Not My Child]

Article excerpt

For 12 years before her death in 1995, Toni Cade Bambara had been working on this panoramic novel. The book has now been edited for publication by Ms Bambara's friend Toni Morrison. The harrowing storyline deals with the notorious Atlanta child murders, the disappearance and killing of over 40 black children during the early 1980s. The community had a monster in its midst but the powers-that-be were woefully slow to deal with the crisis. When a black man, Wayne Williams, was arrested and found guilty the authorities announced with relief that the killings had not been racially motivated and closed the files.

Toni Cade Bambara's fictionalized account of those nightmare years is a powerful indictment of such official complacency. Her central character is Marzala Rawls Spencer, whose eldest boy Sonny becomes the latest child to disappear. …

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