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African-American Writers

Teacher: David Frost
Best known for his novels Native Son and Black Boy, that mirrored his own struggle with poverty and coming of age journey.
She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her novel Beloved. She serves as Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
An American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance; she was one of the first African-American women to have a play publicly performed.
After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement from Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling speeches and antislavery writings
An African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, Georgist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
An American author, poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years
Of her four novels and more than 50 published shorts stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
An African American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays explore the intricacies of racial and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable tensions.
He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
An American writer known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The book was adapted as a TV mini-series of the same name and aired in 1977 to a record-breaking 130 million viewers