Literature

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

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.

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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.

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Harryette Mullen, writer born


Harryette Mullen

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

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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.

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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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