Patton, Lynda, 1990 March 20
Scope and Contents
Poet and playwright Lynda Patton lectured on two occasions: 2/10/1987 (2015-0002/RR247) and 3/20/1990 (2015-0002/AC16).
AC 16 Ms. Patton's lecture was on being a playwright, specifically a Black, female playwright.
RR 247 Linda Patton speaks to the Black Experience in the Arts class with performances by James Spruill and Georgette Leslie.
- 1990 March 20
Conditions Governing Access
Links to digitized content are included in the finding aid.
Biographical / Historical
Lynda Patton was born in Boston, MA, and graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School in 1967. She attended the University of Massachusetts--Amherst for several years and was briefly married. She returned to Boston, as a single mother and followed her father's lead and became involved with the black Panther Party. She met James Spruill after attending a performance at the New African Company and they married in 1974. Ms. Patton graduated from Boston State College in 1973 with a bachelors degree in psychology and from Goddard College (1975) with a masters in theater and literature. She taughtin regional colleges, including Boston and Northeastern Universities.
Her plays include Ol' Sis, Drink the Contents of this Vial, Skip and Stephanie and assisted in the management of the New African Company with her husband. Her plays were based on her own life struggles — and on the struggle for justice for African-Americans.
Lynda Patton died in August 5, 2010.
[https://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2010/08/27/robert-patton-spruill / https://www.newspapers.com/clip/74653298/the-boston-globe/]
1 Cassettes (Audio cassette tape recording) : AC 16 1 audio cassette, 2 sides; Side A-0:46:54, Side B-0:19:18. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:06:08.
Language of Materials
From the Series: English
- African American dramatists Subject Source: Fast
- African American women educators Subject Source: Fast
- African American women poets Subject Source: Fast
- African Americans Subject Source: Fast
- African Americans in popular culture Subject Source: Fast
- Black Experience in the Arts Course (University of Connecticut) -- Sound recordings Subject Source: Local sources