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Mon, 04.08.2002

A Black Woman Wins the Pulitzer for Drama

Susan L. Parks

*On this date in 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks won a Pulitzer Prize for Topdog/Underdog, her play on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater.

She was the first Black woman in 85 years to win a Pulitzer Prize in a drama category. The play tells the story of two blood brothers named Lincoln and Booth, one a card shark and Abe Lincoln impersonator, the other a student of the three-card-Monty con game.

When Parks was asked about her inspiration for writing Topdog/Underdog, her answer was: "It chose me. I wasn't planning or plotting or scheming...."


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Sitting here alone, in peace With my private sadness Bared of the acquirements Of the mind’s eye Vision reversed, upended, Seeing only the holdings Inside the walls of me, Feeling the roots that bind me, To this... PRIVATE SADNESS by Bob Kaufman.
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