Category: Literature

  • Tue, 1936-09-08

    *The birth of Clarence Major in 1936 is celebrated on this date. He is an African American Poet, novelist, and painter.

    From Atlanta,...

  • Sat, 1937-01-09

    On this date, we remember the birth of Leon Richard Forrest born in 1937. He was an African American author of large, inventive novels that blend...

  • Tue, 1937-02-23

    *Claude Brown was born on this date in 1937. He was an African American writer and children’s advocate.

    From Harlem, Brown's early...

  • Tue, 1937-07-06

    *On this date in 1937, Bessie Head was born. She was one of Africa's most prominent writers, and teachers.

    From South Africa, a child of...

  • Thu, 1937-08-12

    *Walter Dean Myers was born on this date in 1937. He was an African American author who specialized in children’s books.

    Born in...

  • Sun, 1937-09-05

    On this date in 1937, Larry Neal was born. He was an African American writer and one of the most well known figures of the Black Arts Movement of...

  • Fri, 1938-03-18

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

    From Brooklyn, New York...

  • Fri, 1939-01-27

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

    Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he...

  • Sat, 1939-03-25

    *Toni Cade Bambara was born on this date in 1939. She was an African-American writer, civil-rights activist, and teacher who wrote about the...

  • Wed, 1939-04-26

    *Cherry Muhanji was born this date in 1939. She is an African American poet and writer.

    A native of Detroit, Michigan, she was born...

  • Wed, 1939-05-31

    Al Young was born on this date in 1939. He is an African American writer and educator.

    Born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Young's...

  • Mon, 1939-06-19

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

    Tibbs was born in...

  • Tue, 1939-09-19

    *Willie Kgositsile was born on this date in 1938. He is an African poet, educator, and activist.

    From South Africa, Keorapetse Willie...

  • Mon, 1940-01-29

    *Sterling Plumpp was born on this date in 1940. He is an African American poet, and educator.

    From in Clinton, Mississippi, he was...

  • Sun, 1940-09-15

    *Anne Moody was born on this date in 1940. She is an African American writer.

    From Wilkinson County, Mississippi. She is the daughter of...

  • Sat, 1941-04-12

    Toi Derricotte was born on this date in 1941. She is an African American writer.

    From Hamtramck, Michigan, "toy dare-i-cot"; Derricotte...

  • Sat, 1941-06-14

    *John Edgar Wideman was born on this date in 1941. He is an African American writer and educator.

    From Washington, D.C., shortly before...

  • Mon, 1942-02-23

    *Haki R. Madhubuti was born on this date in 1942. He is an African American poet, essayist, and editor.

    Born Donald Luther Lee (Don L....

  • Wed, 1942-04-01

    *Samuel Delany was born on this date in 1942. He is an African American writer, critic, science fiction novelist, and educator.

    From...

  • Mon, 1943-06-07

    On this date in 1943, Nikki Giovanni was born. She is an African American writer, poet, commentator, activist, educator, and publisher.

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