Lite Reads Review: ‘The Lesson’ by Toni Cade Bambara

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The Feminist Bibliothecary’s Lite Reads: The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara: Review, #BlackHistoryMonth

We are ready to wrap up our 109th Lite Reads selection, The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara, our final pick for Black History Month. There were questions as food for thought on social media as people had the chance to read it and think about it. I will be sharing my own thoughts here. Spoilers ahead for those who have not read the story yet.

The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara is a 1972 short story from the author’s collection Gorilla, My Love. The story stars a young Black girl named Sylvia in New York City, eager to enjoy a beautiful summer day, but held back with a number of the other kids in the neighbourhood to receive extra tutoring from a local woman, Miss Moore. Sylvia and the other children are miserable and uninterested…

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