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Adrienne Kennedy, 1969

Adrienne Kennedy photographedby Jack Robinson on September 25, 1969. The playwright was a key figure of the Black Arts Movement and won an Obie in 1964 for her first play, Funnyhouse of a Negro. Her work is poetic, symbolic, and often surrealist, drawing on her own experiences. In a Vogue feature, Kennedy is described as “lark-frail, her voice just more than a hum” and quoted, “Each of us is like a city within a cathedral, its streets, its stores. When someone speaks, that’s what I hear, that’s what I want to make other people hear.”