Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange - Read OnlineSassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother before her. Having gone north to college, she is now living with other artists in Los Angeles and trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories and dreams. Cypress, the dancer, leaves home to find new ways of moving in the world. Indigo, the youngest, is still a child of Charleston-"too much of the south in her"-who lives in poetry and has the supreme gift of seeing the obvious magic of the world. Shange's rich and wondrous story of womanhood, art, and passionately-lived lives is written "with such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" The New York Times.
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We journeyed to the Low Country to place a commemorative bench on the shore where nearly half of all those who survived the middle passage first set foot on American soil. The Society's "Bench by the Road Project" was sparked by Morrison's contention that the nation is bereft of African American monuments: "There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There's no foot tower, there's no small bench by the road" "A Bench by the Road" 4. That the Society chose Sullivan's Island as the first inscription of that vision—the bench facing the Atlantic with Africa behind it—elucidates the coastal Sea Islands as an environment where place, water, and memory converge. In a ceremony where libations were poured and wreaths offered to the Charleston harbor, Morrison claimed: "It's never too late to honor the dead.
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo
Martin's Press. The novel, which took eight years to complete,  is a story of three Black sisters, whose names give the book its title, and their mother. The family is based in Charleston , South Carolina , and their trade is to spin, weave, and dye cloth; unsurprisingly, this tactile creativity informs the lives of the main characters as well as the style of the writing. The story starts with Indigo, the youngest daughter of the family, sitting amongst her beloved hand-made dolls, which each have names and personalities that emerge over the course of the novel. Before the reader learns much about the other sisters or mother, Indigo begins menstruating, is gifted an old fiddle by Uncle John, and consequently initiated into a cult-like group of pre-adolescent boys called the Jr. Geechee Captains.