Sister Son/ji ( 1969)
Sonia Sanchez was born on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Wilson L. and Lena Jones Driver. She earned a B.A. from Hunter College (now Hunter College of the City University of New York) in 1955. She is the mother of three children: Anita, Morani, and Mungu.
Sanchez has served in a number of academic positions, including staff member at the Downtown Community School in San Francisco, California, from 1965 to 1967; instructor at San Francisco State College (now University) from 1966 to 1968; assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh from 1969 to 1970; assistant professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from 1970 to 1971; assistant professor of Black literature and creative writing at Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York from 1971 to 1973; and associate professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 1972 to 1973.
Sanchez has been the recipient of a host of impressive awards, including the P. E. N. Writing Award in 1969, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant in 1970, a National Endowment of Arts fellowship, and an American Book Award for poetry in the 1978-79 academic year.
Ms. Sanchez is currently an associate professor at Temple University of Philadelphia.
Sonia Sanchez is a major figure in the development of African American theater. As early as the 1960s she was blending poetry with drama and creating a place for her provocative poemplays on the American stage. The nontraditional structure of her dramatic pieces expresses the violence and turmoil of blacks in America. The language is precise and extremely visual. She manipulates the militant black street speech to underscore the impoverishment of the black masses. She has become increasingly popular with