Literature

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

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.

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.

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, newspaper columnist, and author.

From Seattle, Washington, he was the son of newspaper publisher Horace R. Cayton, Sr. and Susie Revels. His mother was daughter of Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first black American elected to the United State Senate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).