Black women the world over took to social media to mourn and reminisce the life and impact of author, poet, and playwright Ntozake Shange.

The wordsmith who was “the blueprint for so many young Black female writers, poets and playwrights” passed away Saturday morning at an assisted living home in Bowie, Maryland, her family announced on social media. She was 70.

For many Black women, her acclaimed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf was a rite of passage — and they said as much on Twitter when news of Shange‘s death spread.

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