Linda Janet Holmes is Toni Cade Bambara’s first biographer and she is an incredible storyteller. During our interview, Linda shared so much about Toni’s incredible life. Her reflections, stories and remembrances unearth some of the depth of Toni’s foresight, radicalism, and profundity about a wide range of topics. Linda also shared her own herstory about how she became the radical, bohemian, Black feminist writer, mother, women’s health advocate, cultural worker, and grandmother that she is today. Linda’s interview will underscore why both she and Toni Cade Bambara are feminists The Feminist Wire loves.
*note* Given the time constraints and the Thanksg(r)i(e)bing 'holiday,' this video is a rough cut. Tina and I will finesse it and replace it in the immediate future.
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Linda Janet Holmes is a writer, independent scholar, curator and women's health activist. Her recently published book, A Joyous Revolt: Toni Cade Bambara, Writer and Activist, (Praeger Press, 2014), is the first biography on the groundbreaking writer who transformed social movements. Holmes also is co-editor, with Cheryl A. Wall of Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara, (Temple University Press, 2008). Decades ago, Linda’s first short story, “The True Story of Chicken Licken,” appeared in Bambara’s Tales and Stories for Black Folks, (Doubleday, 1971).
As an activist and writer, Linda continues to be pivotal in increasing recognition of traditional African American midwifery practices. Holmes co-authored, with Margaret Charles Smith, the book Listen To Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife, (Ohio State University Press, l996). In 2005, Linda curated “Reclaiming Midwives: Stills from All My Babies,” a first-time national exhibition on African American midwives at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. Initially receiving a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to tape record oral histories with African American midwives in Alabama, Linda recently donated her collection of 50 tape-recorded interviews to the Sophia Smith Collection, Women’s History Archives at Smith College.