Women's and Gender Studies Program


Date of this Version

February 1988


Published in the Women’s Journal Advocate, vol. 7, no. 1 (February 1988). Copyright © 1988 Barbara DiBernard.


Toni Cade Bambara is a writer of responsibility and hope, a writer who sees violence, injustice, and oppression, but who believes in the ability of human beings to transform themselves and their situations. In her two collections of short stories, Gorilla, My Love and The Sea Birds Are Still Alive, and the novel, The Salt Eaters, Bambara shows us the possibilities for laughter and transformation by oppressed people, especially the Black community of which she is a part.