Category: Literature

  • 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....

  • Sat, 1929-12-14

    On this date in 1929, Raymond R. Patterson was born. He was an African American poet, writer, and professor.

    Born in Harlem, he was a...

  • Thu, 1930-01-23

    *Derek Walcott was born on this date in 1930. He is an Afro Caribbean poet, playwright and educator.

    He was born in Castries, Saint...

  • Mon, 1930-05-19

    Lorraine Hansberry was born on this date in 1930. She was an African American writer and activist for equal rights for Blacks.

    Lorraine...

  • Sun, 1930-11-16

    *Chinua Achebe was born on this date in 1930. He was a Nigerian Author and literary activist. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born in Ogidi, a...

  • Wed, 1931-02-18

    *This date marks the birth of Toni Morrison in 1931. She is an African American writer, whose writings often deal with the Black experience and...

  • Sun, 1931-04-19

    On this date we remember the birth of Etheridge Knight in 1931. He was an African American poet.

    Knight was born in Corinth, Mississippi...

  • Sun, 1932-03-20

    *Tom Dent was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American poet, essayist, oral historian, dramatist, and cultural activist.

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  • Sun, 1933-01-15

    Ernest J. Gaines was born on this date in 1933. He is an African American writer and educator.

    He was born on River Lake Plantation in...

  • Wed, 1933-02-22

    *Ishmael Reed was born on this date 1933. He is an African American writer.

    From Chattanooga, Tennessee, when he was still a child, he...

  • Wed, 1933-06-21

    Gerald Barrax was born on this date in 1933. He is an African American poet, teacher, and literary editor.

    He was born in Attalla, AL,...

  • Sun, 1934-02-18

    *Audre Lorde was born on this date in 1934. She was an African American poet, essayist, and feminist whose works intertwine the personal and...

  • Fri, 1934-07-13

    Wole Soyinka, a talented, ingenious Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist, and lecturer, was born on this date in 1934.

    Originally named...

  • Fri, 1934-07-20

    Henry Dumas was born on this date in 1934. He was an African American teacher and writer.

    Born in Sweet Home, Arkansas, he claimed...

  • Sun, 1934-09-09

    *Sonia Sanchez was born on this date in 1934.She is an African American writer.

    Born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama, her...

  • Sun, 1934-10-07

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

    Born...

  • Sun, 1935-06-16

    *Rose Nolen was born on this date in 1935. She was an African American author and newspaper journalist.

    Born in Windsor, MO. Her...

  • Thu, 1936-03-12

    *Virginia Esther Hamilton was born on this date in 1936. An African America writer, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, she was the daughter of Kenneth...

  • Sun, 1936-05-10

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

    Cortez was born...

  • Sat, 1936-06-27

    Lucille Clifton was born on this date in 1936. She is an African American poet and author.

    Born and raised in Depew, New York (a suburb...