Literature

Blacks who influence the written word, novelist, poets, playwrights, etc.

Writer Rose Nolan born


Rose Mary Nolan

*Rose Nolen was born on this date in 1935. She was an African American author and newspaper journalist.

Born in Windsor, MO. Her parents were Norman and Opal (Willis) Rhodes. She had four sisters, Norma Sowell, Ann Ferguson, June and Jane Rhodes and three brothers, Thomas, Gary and Richard Rhodes. Rose Mary Nolan graduated from the CC Hubbard School, Sedalia in 1952. She started her journalism career in 1983 as a columnist and staff writer for the Pettis County Local Times-News in Sedalia.

Clarence Major born


Clarence Major

*The birth of Clarence Major in 1936 is celebrated on this date. He is an African American Poet, novelist, and painter.

Theodore Allen, writer born


Theodore Allen

*Theodore "Ted" Allen was born on this date in 1919. He was a white American intellectual, writer, and activist. He is best known for his pioneering writings regarding the white race.

Darlene Clark Hine born


Dr. Darlene Clark Hine

*Darlene Clark Hine was born on this date in 1947. She is an African American author, educator and historian.

John Mason Brewer born


John Mason Brewer

*John Mason Brewer was born on this date in 1896. He was an African American author, scholar, teacher, historian, folklorist, and storyteller.

Brewer was born in Goliad, Texas, the son of a cowboy J. H. and Minnie T. Brewer. His sister, Stella Brewer Brooks, an authority on Joel Chandler Harris and the Uncle Remus tales, shared his interest in folklore. Educated in Austin, he advanced through Wiley College to a master's degree from Indiana and Ph.D. from Paul Quinn College.

Marth Putney born


Martha Putney, WAC

*Martha Putney was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American educator and historian.

Rebecca Walker born


Rebecca Walker

*Rebecca Walker was born on this date in 1969. She is an African American feminist, speaker and writer.

Poet Ray Durem born


Ray Durem

*Ray Durem was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American activist and poet.

Ramón Durem was born in Seattle, Washington of mixed heritage.  Leaving home at fourteen, he briefly served in the U.S. Navy before suffering a leg injury that forced his discharge.  He then worked as a laborer until enrolling at the University of California in Berkeley where he joined the Communist Party in 1931 and volunteered to join the Loyalist cause in Spain.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman published

*This date in 1971 celebrates novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest J. Gaines.

The story depicts the struggles of African American as seen through the eyes of the narrator, a woman named Jane Pittman. She tells of the major events of her life from the time she was a young slave girl in the American South at the end of the Civil War. The fiction novel was first published by Bantam Books and was later dramatized in a TV movie in 1974, starring Cicely Tyson.

Poet Reginald Shepherd born


Reginald Shepherd

*Reginald Shepherd was born on this date in 1963. He was an African American writer and poet.