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  1. “Cora Unashamed” is about a Black woman in a rural Midwestern town who feels trapped by her dependence on her white employers. Through the loss of her own child and the eventual death of the white child she has helped raise, Cora confronts cultural expectations of humility and shame.

  2. Cora Unashamed. By Langston Hughes, first published in The American Mercury. In a town so small it can hardly be called a town, a black woman serves a rich white family until a series of horrific events causes the single joy in her life to vanish. Author. Langston Hughes.

  3. Cora Unashamed is a 2000 American made-for-television drama film from The American Collection directed by Deborah Pratt, starring Regina Taylor and Cherry Jones. The film was shot on location in October 1999 in central Iowa.

  4. Full Story Text. "Cora Unashamed" by Langston Hughes. Melton was one of those miserable in-between little places, not large enough to be a town, nor small enough to be a village that is, a village in the rural, charming sense of the word. Melton had no charm about it.

  5. “Cora Unashamed” introduces forty-year-old Cora Jenkinslife as one of the only Black persons in the rural town of Melton. Cora has a child with a White foreigner, Joe, out of wedlock. Upon realization of Cora’s pregnancy, Joe leaves town and Cora, forcing her to raise Josephine on her own.

  6. The movement’s efforts to garner support and acceptance for the African American identity required first exposing the realities of a segregated society. “Cora Unashamed” humanizes what may otherwise seem like an abstract and trivial conversation to those on the privileged side of the equation.

  7. Cora Unashamed ★★½ 2000 Adaptation of the Langston Hughes short story that finds racism and tragedy in a small Iowa town in the 1930s. Cora Jenkins (Taylor) and her mother (Pounder) are the only blacks in the community.