Literature

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

Jessica Moore really has something to say


Jessica Care Moore

*Jessica Care Moore was born on this date in 1971. She is an African American poet, artist, publisher and entertainer.

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Gladys Hayford was a Harlem writing influence


Gladys May-Hayford

*Gladys May Casely-Hayford was born on this date in 1904. She was an African-writer.

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Excellent novelist, Walter Mosley


Walter Mosley

*Walter Mosley was born on this date in1952. He is an African American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction.

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Lewis Alexander Harlem Renaissance contributor


Lewis G. Alexander

*Lewis Alexander was born on this date in 1900. He was and African American writer and actor.

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Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, a writer and teacher


Ahmos Zu-Bolton II

*Ahmos Zu-Bolton II was born in this date in 1948. He was an African-American poet, playwright, educator, editor, and publisher of African-American culture.

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E. Ethelbert Miller, a truthfull writer


E. Ethelbert Miller

*E. Ethelbert Miller was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American poet and literary activist.

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Roi Ottley was an outstanding writer


Roi Ottley

*Roi Ottley was born on this date in 1906. He was an African American writer, and journalist.

Born in New York City, Vincent Lushington "Roi" Ottley was the second of three children of Jerome Peter and Beatrice Brisbane Ottley immigrated to New York from the island of Grenada. Young Ottley was educated at St. Bonaventure College (1926-1928), University of Michigan (1929), and St. John's Law School (Brooklyn, New York).

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René Maran was a great French writer


Rene` Maran

*René Maran was born on this date in 1887. He was a Black French journalist, and the first black writer to win the renowned French literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

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Frank Collymore, a legend in Barbados


Frank Collymore

*Frank Collymore was born on this date in 1893. He was a Afro Barbadian teacher, author, poet, stage actor and painter, whose nickname was "Barbadian Man of the Arts".

Frank Appleton Collymore was born at Woodville Cottage, Chelsea Road (where he lived all his life). Collymore was close to his parents; he was a single child, for whom reading was a passion.

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Writer, Carrie Best born


Carrie Best

*Carrie Best was born on this date in 1903. She was a Black Canadian writer, publisher and activist.

From New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the 1920's after which she married her husband Albert Best. Together they had three children, a son Calbert and two girls Sharyn and Berma. Best was extremely involved in the community, raising awareness about human rights issues.

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