Grant Hearne, “Black Girl Linguistics Play”

Black Girl Linguistic Play provides accounts of friendship and motherhood within the African-American experience.  Camille A. Brown used two specific movements which stood out to me in representing these themes. In the second scene, the two girls (presumably friends) repeated movements of lifting their heads up with their hand. They would also lift each other’s heads up. I think this represented persistence and the need to build each other up. In the final scene, Brown fixed another girl’s hair (presumably her daughter) and lifted her up out of her seat until she was standing up. I think this represented Brown raising the child and also tied in the significance of hair in the lives of African-American people.

Who did Brown’s partner in the first scene represent? What was the significance of the song they sang?

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