Black Authors


Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the national holiday in the U.S. when the Civil Rights leader is remembered. February is Black History Month. On Monday, I asked my readers on the Facebook Bob on Books page for their recommendation of Black authors. It is quite a list, and even so, far from complete. Here is the list with names linked to Wikipedia articles so you can look up their works.

This is a sizable, but to be sure, incomplete list. Different names may be controversial to different people. Part of the adventure of reading is to read those who are different or disagree with you. I’m struck with the diversity of genres represented among these writers–from poetry to science fiction, from advocacy to autobiography (often the same thing). African-Americans were among our earliest Americans and their contribution to our literature is immense. The coming month might be a good time to explore the work of at least one black writer you haven’t read, or a title you’ve always wanted to get to. And if there is someone I’ve left out, let me know so I can add them to the list!

6 thoughts on “Black Authors

  1. I would like to add Lorenz B. Graham who, as an inner-city highschool teacher, early on wrote fiction for urban black youth. But he also wrote two of my favorite children’s books in Pidgin:
    *Every Man Heart Lay Down (about the Incarnation), and
    *Hongry Catch the Foolish Boy (the story of the prodigal son)

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  2. Virginia Hamilton: YA and children’s books. Winner of the Newbery Award and many others.
    Samuel R. Delaney: SF
    Nalo Hopkinson:SF
    Elliot Blaine Henderson poet
    wanted to get a couple of local authors mentioned

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