Category: Literature

  • Thu, 1916-11-09

    *Martha Putney was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American educator and historian.

    Born Martha Settle, she was the...

  • Thu, 1917-06-07

    Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on this date in 1917. A poet, she is the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

    Born in...

  • Mon, 1917-11-19

    The birth of Jackie Ormes in 1917 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American newspaper writer and cartoonist.

    She was born...

  • Sat, 1919-08-23

    *Theodore "Ted" Allen was born on this date in 1919. He was a white American intellectual, writer, and activist. He is best known for his...

  • Sun, 1919-09-07

    Louise Bennett was born on this date in 1919. She was a Jamaican poet.

    Louise was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where she remained...

  • Sun, 1920-02-01

    *Langston Hughes was born on this date in 1902. He was an African American writer

    James Mercer Langston Hughes was an influential figure...

  • Wed, 1920-06-16

    On this date in 1920, John Griffin, a White American writer and musicologist, was born. He is probably most famous for assuming the identity of a...

  • Wed, 1921-06-15

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

    Born and raised in Nebraska, he spent much of his early years in...

  • Thu, 1921-08-11

    *Alex Haley was born on this date in 1921. He was an African American author, whose books helped popularize the study of Black history and...

  • Thu, 1923-07-05

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

    She was born Naomi...

  • Tue, 1923-11-20

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

    She was born near Springs,...

  • Sat, 1924-08-02

    James Arthur Baldwin was born on this date in 1924. He was an African American novelist and essayist.

    He was born in Harlem NY, the first...

  • Sat, 1925-04-18

    Bob Kaufman was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American poet.

    He was born Robert Garnell Kaufman in New Orleans, LA. He...

  • Tue, 1925-08-11

    *Carl Rowan was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American federal cabinet member, international ambassador and nationally known...

  • Wed, 1927-11-02

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

    Born in Brooklyn, the only...

  • Wed, 1928-04-04

    *Maya Angelou was born on this date in 1928. She was an African American poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist,...

  • Wed, 1928-07-04

    Ted Joans was born on this date in 1928. He was an African American painter, trumpeter, and a jazz poet.

    From Illinois, He studied...

  • Wed, 1928-10-17

    Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born on this date in 1928. He is an African American author, historian, and journalist.

    He was born in Clarksdale...

  • Sun, 1928-12-02

    *On this date in 1928, Evelyn Fairbanks was born. She was an African American writer, educator, and administrator.

    Born in St. Paul,...

  • Fri, 1929-05-17

    Eloise Greenfield, an African American writer, was born on this date in 1929.

    She was born in Paemele, N.C., the daughter of Weston W....