Brewster Place: Its Heroines and Their Dreams

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at Gloria Naylor’s `The Women of Brewster Place` and its themes of struggle for improvement of the lot of African Americans.

`Kiswana has rejected higher education because she has concluded that it is `bourgie` and `counterrevolutionary`. She feels that she should be poor, unlike the rest of her family and that her `place was in the streets with my people, fighting for equality and a better community`. While her mother cautions her that she is `wasting her talents`, Kiswana responds by asserting that `I’m here in day-to-day contact with the problems of my people. What good would I be after four or five years of a lot of white brainwashing in some phony, prestige institution?” When Kiswana’s mother, who persists in calling her Melanie, mentions that she and her husband were `charter members of the NAACP` Kiswana condemns it as a `middle-of-the-road Uncle Tom dumping ground for black Republicans.` ”

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