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13 Full Names of Black Poets & Musicians (No spaces between first & last names...)

Teacher: Mr Sindlinger's Idiosyncratic Puzzles
She was an African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and college professor who died ten years ago. Her pen name used three names but she was born Miltona Mirkin Cade. What was her more popular three-word pen name?
She was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 and she died last year on May 28, 2014. She was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry; she has been credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees!
This Harvard educated poet pronounced his first name as "Coun-tay"; a proud leader of the Harlem Renaissance, this poet's poems always rhymed and they still appear in the tradition of grand Romantic English poetry. More than his contemporaries, this poet shows an influence of the classics and he read Greek, Latin while he was at Harvard. His style however remains unassuming in his knowledge of three European languages including French.
This poet lived during the 19th century and died when he was only 33 years old. He was president of his high school's literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton, Ohio, newspaper. Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South.
This poet's last name has a birthday on February 1, 1902. He published his first book at age 24 after many rejections ; he held several jobs such as sailor and busboy before he became a successful writer and essayist. His essay about Harriet Tubman has no equal in the genre of essay.
She is an American novelist, editor, and college professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Perhaps her best known novel is Beloved.
He was an American musician, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
She was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time, and she is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170-200 million records sold worldwide.
She is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection entitled Native Guard; she also was the Poet Laureate of Mississippi.
She became the first African-American woman poet and also the second published African-American poet.
He was an singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called "The King of Pop," his contributions to both to music and to dance-- along with his highly publicized personal life-- made him into an iconic global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
He was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Noted for his soft, baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres, he was one of the first African Americans to host a television variety show. He died from lung cancer in February, 1965.
He published as slave and never was emancipated. He died 1806.
One of jazz music's preeminent violinists of the 1930's swing era, this musician sometimes sang his lyrics as he played the violin! At times, he wore a distinctive black top hat; significantly, this musician was credited as being the first violinist ever to use electric amplification. He died one year before Dr. King did, in 1967, the same year as poet #7.