Sonia Sanchez Biography

Academic, Playwright, Poet, Academic (1934–)
Sonia Sanchez formed the Broadside Quartet. She was an activist for racial equality, pioneered black studies and has written poetry, plays and kids’ books.


Sonia Sanchez was born on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. In the 1950s, she formed a poets’ group, the Broadside Quartet. In the early 1960s, she was a political activist. From 1968-'69, she taught black studies courses at San Francisco State University. From the 1970s through the '90s, she wrote poetry, plays and kids’ books. She retired from her Laura Carnell chair in English in 1999.

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