Pearl Cleage: A Time for Reflection

Pearl Cleage, c. 1960s

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.

To celebrate and reflect on a life filled with tremendous courage, resilience, and brilliance, Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) and the Alliance Theatre have collaborated to bring the Pearl Cleage: A Time for Reflection exhibition to the Woodruff Arts Center.

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

Related Programs

Blues for an Alabama Sky, a play by Pearl Cleage at the Alliance Theatre--April 15 to May 10, 2015

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

The exhibit is located at the Woodruff Arts Center Galleria's north alcove (balcony level).  More information for visitors can be found here.