Steeped in Black Culture, Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke reflects on being enriched with black culture from a young age. From lessons in Swahili to the writings of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, Burke was ingrained with a strong sense of being black in America.
TARANA BURKE: I was raised steeped in a lot of black culture. I took African dance. I went to a Muslim daycare and learned Swahili. I was exposed to, you know, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison, and Tony Cade Bambara, and, you know, Maya Angelou at very, very young ages. In fact, I was so anxious to read those books because my mother would not let me. And I would always act like, can I-- can I read this book yet? I just had tons of this particularly black feminist literary culture that was very important in my life.