Pearl Cleage: A Time for Reflection

Pearl Cleage during a visit to the original exhibition at the Woodruff Arts Center, August 2015

One of the most acclaimed playwrights, Cleage produces works that celebrate the joy of being free. At the same time, she is committed to telling stories related to African Americans, and the complex issues surrounding racism, classism, and sexism.

Through her work, she explores the lives of African American women and how self-love and self-forgiveness are essential to the development of a healthy existence.

Few writers are able to make a sustained impact on the world during the period in which they live. Cleage has achieved this and more. In a word, her work is indispensable.

The exhibit is co-curated by Pellom McDaniels III, PhD Curator of African American Collections (MARBL) and Amber L. Moore, MLIS Project Archivist (MARBL).  

A note about this exhibition

Earlier this year, Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) and the Alliance Theatre collaborated to bring the "Pearl Cleage: A Time for Reflection" exhibition to the Woodruff Arts Center. In response to the success of this exhibition, Emory Libraries will host a second showing in the Robert W. Woodruff Library in conjunction with a related exhibit, “Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals” (also curated by Amber L. Moore, MLIS Project Archivist in MARBL).

Learn More

Pearl Cleage papers

NHPRC grant "Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals"

The Perfect Job: Introduction of a Very Excited Project Archivist

New Exhibit for "Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals"

Processing Fun: Pearl Cleage Audiovisual Collection

Visitor Information

This exhibit will re-open on Monday, October 12, 2015, on level 2 in the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free). “Visitors” hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

For more information, email: library.exhibitions@emory.edu