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She needed what most colored girls needed: a chorus of mamas, grandmamas, aunts, cousins, sisters, neighbors, Sunday school teachers, best girl friends, and what all to give her the strength life demanded of her—and the humor with which to live it. (2.13.307)

In order to grow into oneself, Guitar believes a person (namely a young woman) needs many people to help her, needs a community to scold her, teach her, praise her, and discipline her along the way. Here the concepts of individuality versus community knock heads once more. You can’t have one without the other it seems.

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