Beloved Writer Whose Groundbreaking 1975 Play Made History Dies at Age 70

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October 29, 2018Oct 29, 2018

The sad news was reported on Monday, October 29 that beloved writer Ntozake Shange has passed away. The 70-year-old was a Tony Award-nominated playwright, a poet, and an author.

Shange's most famous piece of work was her monumental Tony Award-nominated play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf." The play proved to be a significant piece in navigating difficult conversations, specifically regarding racism, sexism, and violence. "For Colored Girls" was performed 750 times on Broadway, the second most times a play created by an African-American woman was performed.

Throughout the scope of Shange's career, she reportedly wrote 19 poetry collections, six novels, five children's books, three collections of essays, and 15 plays. Additionally, she taught at several different prestigious universities. 

In 2004, Shange suffered a series of strokes. Now, several years later, the beloved writer has sadly passed away at the age of 70. 

Her family posted on Shange's official social media account and wrote, "To our extended family and friends, it is with sorrow that we inform you that our loved one, Ntozake Shange, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of October 27, 2018. Memorial information/details will follow at a later date."

Below are some of the tributes that people have posted on social media after learning of Shange's sudden death:

Please be praying for Ntozake Shange's family during this sad time. She was a pioneer and a beloved author who advocated strongly for people. Share your prayers here. In other breaking news, one student was killed in a school shooting on Monday morning.