Category: Literature

  • Thu, 1951-10-18

    On this date in 1951, Terry McMillan was born. She is an African American novelist.

    She was born in Port Huron, MI, the daughter of...

  • Sat, 1952-01-12

    *Walter Mosley was born on this date in1952. He is an African American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction.

    Mosley...

  • Thu, 1952-08-28

    Rita Dove was born on this date in 1952. She is an African American writer and poet.

    Rita Frances Dove was born to Ray and Elvira Dove in...

  • Thu, 1952-09-25

    *Bell Hooks was born on this date in 1952. She is an African American author, Black feminist and social critic.

    Born Gloria Watkins in...

  • Wed, 1953-07-01

    *Harryette Mullen was born on this date in 1953. She is an African American writer and professor.

    Born in Florence, Alabama, and raised...

  • Tue, 1953-12-29

    Stanley "Tookie" Williams was born on this date in 1953. He was an African American gang leader, author, and community organizer.

    He...

  • Wed, 1954-04-14

    *The birth of Cornelius Eady in 1954 is celebrated on this date. He is an African American writer and publisher.

    Born in Rochester, New...

  • Mon, 1954-07-12

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

    She was raised in...

  • Sun, 1961-06-11

    Frank X. Walker was born on this date in 1961. He is an African American writer, administrator, poet, and educator.

    Walker is a native...

  • Sat, 1962-02-24

    *The birth of Elizabeth Alexander in 1962 is celebrated on this date. She is an African American writer, and educator.

    From Harlem, New...

  • Wed, 1963-04-10

    *Reginald Shepherd was born on this date in 1963. He was an African American writer and poet.

    From New York City and raised in...

  • Sun, 1965-09-05

    On this date we celebrate the Watts Writers’ Workshop, a creative writing group based in Los Angeles, CA., and begun in 1965

    ...

  • Mon, 1969-11-17

    *Rebecca Walker was born on this date in 1969. She is an African American feminist, speaker and writer.

    Walker was born on in Jackson...

  • Wed, 1971-01-20

    *This date in 1971 celebrates novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest J. Gaines.

    The story depicts the struggles of...

  • Thu, 1971-10-28

    *Jessica Care Moore was born on this date in 1971. She is an African American poet, artist, publisher and entertainer.

    From Detroit, MI...

  • Thu, 1985-10-17

    This date is Black Poetry Day established in 1985. An unofficial holiday, it celebrates past and present poets like Langston Hughes, Phillis...

  • Wed, 1986-10-08

    On this date in 1986, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Wole Soyinka. Soyinka is perhaps Africa’s most versatile and eclectic...