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

Activist and Author Nadine Gordimer born

Nadine Gordimer

*Nadine Gordimer was born on this date in 1923. She was a White Jewish author and anti apartheid activist.

Author Walter Dean Myers born

Walter Dean Myers

*Walter Dean Myers was born on this date in 1937. He was an African American author who specialized in children’s books.

Born in Martinsburg, West Virginia. His mother, Mary died after the birth of his younger sister Imogene. His father, George, sent Walter to live with his first wife, Florence Dean, and her husband, Herbert Dean, in Harlem, along with Florence and George’s two daughters. Walter Milton Myers would eventually adopt the middle name “Dean” to honor Florence and Herbert.

Paul Robeson Jr. born

Paul Robeson Jr.

*Paul Robeson Jr. was born on this date in 1927. He was an African American author, activist and translator.

Kalamu ya Salaam, writer born

Kalamu Salaam

*Kalamu ya Salaam was born on this date in 1947. He is an African American writer.

Born Val Ferdinand III in New Orleans, he was inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the civil rights movement in his home town. Salaam became interested in writing and organizing for social change. Graduating from high school in 1964, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea. After service, Salaam attended Carleton College but returned to New Orleans in 1968 to earn an associate's degree from Delgado College.

Cornelius Eady, poet born

Cornelius Eady

*The birth of Cornelius Eady in 1954 is celebrated on this date. He is an African American writer and publisher.

Born in Rochester, New York, Eady is the author of several books of poetry and two librettos. Praised for his approachable and simple language, Eady captures the emotional vulnerability of life in a clean, elegant style. He has received several awards for his poetry, including the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation.

Negro (the word) a history

The word Negro is discussed on this dates Registry. This brief article and its references is written to add to the history of this word.

Negro means "black" in both Spanish and Portuguese languages, being derived from the Latin word niger of the same meaning. The term "negro", literally the Spanish and Portuguese to refer to Black Africans and people with that heritage used “black.” From the 18th century to the mid-20th century, "negro" (later capitalized) was considered the correct and proper term for African Americans. It fell out of favor by the 1970s in the United States.

Harryette Mullen, writer born

Harryette Mullen

*Harryette Mullen was born on this date in 1953. She is an African American writer and professor.

Marilyn Nelson Waniek, poet born

Marilyn Nelson Waniek

*Marilyn Nelson Waniek was born on this date in 1946. She is an African American writer, and educator.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Marilyn Nelson Waniek is the daughter of Melvin M. (in the U.S. Air Force) and Johnnie (a teacher) Nelson. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis in 1968; M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, 1970; University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 1978. She was married to Erdmann F. Waniek (1970 - 1979); Roger R. Wilkenfeld (1979 - 1998); children: (second marriage) Jacob, Dora.

Poet, Playwright Owen Dodson born

Owen Dodson

*Owen Dodson was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American writer, teacher, director and playwright.

Science Fiction writer Samuel Delaney born

Samuel Delaney

*Samuel Delany was born on this date in 1942. He is an African American writer, critic, science fiction novelist, and educator.