Alice Walker
Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award and the P...
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Tina McElroy Ansa
Tina McElroy Ansa (born November 18, 1949) is an African-American novelist, filmmaker, teacher, and journalist.
Born Tina McElroy to Walter J. and Nellie McElroy in Macon, Georgia, where she grew ...
Lorene Cary
Lorene Cary (born 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American author, educator, and social activist.
Cary grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1972, she w...
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Leslie Esdaile Banks
Leslie Esdaile Banks, née Peterson (December 11, 1959 – August 2, 2011) was an American writer under the pennames of Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, Leslie Esdaile Banks and L. A. Banks...
Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde (/ˈɔːdri lɔrd/; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde, February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. Lorde s...
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Rosa Guy
Rosa Cuthbert Guy (September 1, 1922 – June 3, 2012) was a Trinidad-born American writer who immigrated with her family as a child and grew up in the New York metropolitan area. Orphaned at a yo...
Willard Motley
Willard Francis Motley (July 14, 1909 – March 4, 1965) was an African-American writer. He published a column in the Chicago Defender under the pen-name Bud Billiken. Motley also worked as a free...
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Ralph Ellison
Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1914 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisib...
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Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage (born December 7, 1948) is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 O...
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Eleanor Taylor Bland
Eleanor Taylor Bland (December 31, 1944 – June 2, 2010) was an African-American writer of crime fiction. She was the creator of Lincoln Prairie, Illinois (based on Waukegan, Illinois) police det...
Gayl Jones
Gayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are Corregidora, Eva's Man, and The Healing.
Jones is a 1971 graduate of Connectic...
Octavia E. Butler
Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer. A multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-kn...
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Ernest J. Gaines
Ernest James Gaines (born January 15, 1933) is an African-American author. His works have been taught in college classrooms and translated into many languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russi...
Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead is a New York-based novelist. He is the author of the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, as well as four other novels and one book of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowshi...
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Mallori McNeal
Mallori McNeal is an African American urban fiction author from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her debut novel, A Down Chick, was released in 2005. McNeal began writing A Down Chick at age 14, during the summer b...
Sarah E. Wright
Sarah Elizabeth Wright (December 9, 1928 – September 13, 2009) was an American writer. Her novel This Child's Gonna Live, published in 1969, was acclaimed by critics and "was among the first to focus ...
Percival Everett
Percival Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Everett lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, novelis...
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been ...
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Gregory Alan Williams
Gregory Alan Williams (born June 12, 1956) is an American actor and author. Williams is best known for portraying Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch. From 2011 until 2013, Williams portrayed the role of Coa...
Martin Delany
Martin Robison Delany (May 6, 1812 – January 24, 1885) was an African-American abolitionist, journalist, physician, and writer, arguably the first proponent of black nationalism; Martin...
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Ntozake Shange
Ntozake Shange (phonetically n-to-zaki shan-gay; born October 18, 1948) is an American playwright, and poet. As a self-proclaimed black feminist, she addresses issues relating to race and feminism in ...
Reginald McKnight
Reginald McKnight is an American short story author and novelist.
McKnight was born 26 February 1956 in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany to an Air Force family; therefore, he moved around a lot in childh...
Arna Bontemps
Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps (October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973) was an African-American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.
Bontemps was born in Alexandria...
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Raymond Andrews
Raymond Andrews (June 6, 1934-November 25, 1991) was an African-American novelist.
Raymond Andrews was born June 6, 1934 in Plainview, Georgia and grew up in north central Georgia. Andrews' parent...
Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers (born Walter Milton Myers; August 12, 1937 – July 1, 2014) was an American writer of children's books best known for young adult literature. He wrote more than one hundred books incl...
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Cheril N. Clarke
Cheril N. Clarke (born September 24, 1980) is a Canadian-born contemporary author and playwright of gay and lesbian romance, drama and comedy. She has lived in the United States for the majority of he...
Michael Thelwell
Ekwueme Michael Thelwell (born Michael Thelwell July 25, 1939) is an Jamaican novelist, essayist, professor and civil rights activist. He was in 1970 founding chairman of the Department of Afro-Ameri...