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Powerful Playwrights: Featured Writer - Alice Childress

The black actress, novelist, and playwright Alice Childress is born in Charleston, South Carolina, on this day in 1912. Childress moved to Harlem when she was five and was raised by her grandmother, who encouraged her to write. At weekly church events, young Childress heard moving stories of personal and family struggles, which inspired her with a love of storytelling and served as fodder for stories about the plight of urban blacks.