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

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.

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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.

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Delbert Tibbs born

Delbert Tibbs

*Delbert Tibbs was born on this date in 1939. He was an African American writer and anti-death penalty activist.

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Phillis Wheatley, Poet born

Phillis Wheatley

*Phillis Wheatley was born on this date 1753. She was a Black slave and writer.

Born in Senegambia, Africa she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. The Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent, purchased her. Her publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) brought her fame both in England and the American colonies; figures such as George Washington praised her work.

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Sociologist & Author Horace Cayton Jr. born

Horace Cayton Jr.

*Horace R. Cayton, Jr. was born on this date in 1903. He was an African American sociologist, known for his studies and books of working class African Americans, particularly in mid-20th century Chicago, Illinois.

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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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