Literature

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

Henrietta Ray, a fine Black poet and biographer

The birth of Henrietta Ray in 1849 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black poet, teacher, and activist.

Henrietta Cordelia Ray was born in New York City, one of seven children of Charlotte Augusta Burrough and Charles B. Ray, a blacksmith, a Congregational minister, and a leading abolitionist. Young Ray was named after her father's first wife, Henrietta Green Regulus Ray, co-founder of the African Dorcas Association, a support group for the Free African Schools, and first president of the New York Female Literary Society (also known as the Colored Ladies Literary Society).

Julius Lester, writer born


Julius Lester

*Julius Lester was born on this date in 1939. He is an African American educator, musician and writer.

Amiri Baraka, a controversial poet and playwright


Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka was born on this date in 1934. He is an African American writer, probably best known as a playwright and poet.

Ruth M. Garnett, poet and coordinator of the Arts


Ruth M. Garnett

*Ruth-Miriam Garnett was born on this date in 1954. She is an African American poet, writer, and workshop coordinator.

Michael S. Harper, poet and promoter of verse


Michael S. Harper

*The birth of Michael S. Harper in 1938 is celebrated on this date. He is an African American poet and educator.

THE original American poet, George Moses Horton

*The birth of George Moses Horton in 1797 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black poet, and publisher.

Naomi Madgett, a messenger of verse


Naomi Madgett

Naomi Long Madgett was born on this date in 1923. She is an African American teacher, writer, poet, and editor.

James Emanuel, a poet from afar


James Emanuel

James Emanuel, an African American poet, was born on this date in 1921.

Total expression is Jayne Cortez


Jayne Cortez

This date in 1936 marks the birth of Jayne Cortez. She is an African American poet, musician, activist, and entrepreneur.

Joseph Seamon Cotter, a poetic pioneer


Joseph S. Cotter

*Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., was born on this date in 1861. He was a Black poet, educator, and playwright.