Saturday, May 12, 2012
Tar Beach/ by Faith Ringgold
"it's very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can't get to any other way."
In Faith Ringgold's fanciful TAR BEACH, while her family and friends gather in the warm summer night air Cassie Louise Lightfoot an eight-year-old African American girl feels "rich" lying on the tarred flat roof of their Harlem apartment, with stars and skyscraper buildings all around her. Her boundless imagination transcends debilitating socioeconomic boundaries and allows her to feel capable of flying and fulfilling her limitless dreams. She is a perfect example of one who lives above her circumstances with an attitude that brings overcoming power over any of life's obstacles. Cassie is able to rise above her problems and feel triumphant and empowered. Very uplifting!
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