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Sherley Anne Williams

  • These is old blues / and I sing em like any woman do. / These the old blues / and I sing em, sing em, sing em. Just like any woman do. / My life ain't done yet. / Naw. My song ain't through.

    • Sherley Anne Williams,
    • "Any Woman's Blues," The Peacock Poems ()
  • The blues records of each decade explain something about the philosophical basis of our lives as black people. ... Blues is a basis of historical continuity for black people. It is a ritualized way of talking about ourselves and passing it on.

    • Sherley Anne Williams,
    • in Claudia Tate, ed., Black Women Writers at Work ()
  • This is what I hold against slavery. May come a time when I forgive — cause I don't think I'm set up to forget — the beatings, the selling, the killings, but I don't think I ever forgive the ignorance they kept us in.

Sherley Anne Williams, U.S. writer

(1944 - 1999)