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L.A. Letters Celebrates Women's History Month: Joan Didion and Ursula Rucker
March is Woman's History Month. I saw someone comment in a recent tweet that every month for them is Black History Month, and I follow the same idea in regards to Black History, Woman's History, LGBT History, Chicano History, Asian Pacific Islander History, etc. Nonetheless, considering the oppression and violent hierarchy that has existed in Western Culture for the last 500 years towards women and people of color, these official months of recognition are important cultural touchstones that show us how far we have come and how much further we need to go. This week in L.A. Letters I celebrate two towering women literary figures: journalist Joan Didion and the poet Ursula Rucker.
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The writer and activist LeRoi Jones (who would later be known as Amiri Baraka) speaks here on February 17, 1965, four days before the assassination of Malcolm X, an event that catapulted him from a charismatic Greenwich Village maverick into a radicalized black nationalist in Harlem.