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#22 Apr 21, 2013
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#23 Apr 23, 2013
Hal Bennett, born George Harold Bennett (1936 – 2004),[1][2] was an author known for a variety of books. His 1974 novel Lord of Dark Places was described as "a satirical and all but scatological attack on the phallic myth",[3] and was reprinted in 1997. He has won the 1973 William Faulkner Award, as well as Playboy's most promising writer of the year [1]. He has also written under the pen names Harriet Janeway and John D. Revere (the Assassin series). His books are sometimes compared to Mark Twain's style of satire, but contain a much stronger sexual tone.

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#24 Apr 25, 2013
Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992)[1] was an American writer. He is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family and the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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#25 Apr 30, 2013
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818[3]– February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory[4] and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.[5][6] Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.[7]

Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition.

He wrote two more autobiographies, with his last, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, published in 1881 and covering events through and after the Civil War. After the Civil War, Douglass remained active in the United States' struggle to reach its potential as a "land of the free". Douglass actively supported women's suffrage. Without his approval, he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket.[8] Douglass held multiple public offices.

Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."[9]

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#26 May 10, 2013
Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar Nelson (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935) was an American poet, journalist and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. Her first husband was the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; she then married physician Henry A. Callis; and last married Robert J. Nelson, a poet and civil rights activist.

Alice Ruth Moore was born in New Orleans to middle-class parents Patricia Wright, a seamstress and former slave, and Joseph Moore, a merchant marine, who were people of color and part of the traditional multiracial Creole community of the city. At a time when fewer than 1% of Americans went to college, Moore graduated from Straight University (now Dillard University) in 1892 and started work as a teacher in the public school system of New Orleans.

In 1895 her first collection of short stories and poems, Violets and Other Tales,[1] was published by The Monthly Review. About that time, Moore moved to Boston and then New York.[2] She co-founded and taught at the White Rose Mission (White Rose Home for Girls) in Brooklyn. Beginning a correspondence with the poet and journalist Paul Laurence Dunbar, she ended up moving to Washington, DC to join him when they married in 1898.

She and Paul Dunbar separated in 1902 but were never divorced. He was reported to have been disturbed by her lesbian affairs.[3] Her writing and photo in a literary magazine captured his attention, and in 1898, after corresponding for two years, they married. But the relationship proved stormy, exacerbated by Dunbar’s alcoholism and depression. In 1902, after he beat her nearly to death, she left him, and moved to Delaware.[4] Paul Dunbar died in 1906.

Alice Dunbar then moved to Wilmington, Delaware and taught at Howard High School for more than a decade. In 1910, she married Henry A. Callis, a prominent physician and professor at Howard University, but this marriage ended in divorce.

From 1913 to 1914, Dunbar was coeditor and writer for the A.M.E. Review, an influential church publication produced by the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church). In 1916 she married the poet and civil rights activist Robert J. Nelson. She joined him in becoming active in politics in Wilmington and the region. They stayed together for the rest of their lives. From 1920, she coedited the Wilmington Advocate, a progressive black newspaper. She also published The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer, a literary anthology for a black audience.[5]

Alice Dunbar Nelson was an activist for African Americans' and women's rights, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. While she continued to write stories and poetry, she became more politically active in Wilmington, and put more effort into numerous articles and journalism on leading topics. In 1915, she was field organizer for the Middle Atlantic states for the woman's suffrage movement. In 1918, she was field representative for the Woman's Committee of the Council of Defense. In 1924, Dunbar-Nelson campaigned for the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill, but the Southern Democratic block in Congress defeated it.[5]

From about 1920 on, she made a commitment to journalism and was a highly successful columnist, with articles, essays and reviews appearing as well in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.[5...


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#27 May 15, 2013
Sojourner Truth November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist.

Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.
"Ain't I a Woman?"
Main article: Ain't I a Woman?

In 1851, Truth left Northampton to join George Thompson, an abolitionist and speaker. In May, she attended the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio where she delivered her famous extemporaneous speech on women's rights, later known as "Ain't I a Woman".

The convention was organized by Hannah Tracy and Frances Dana Barker Gage, who both were present when Truth spoke. Different versions of Truth's words have been recorded, with the first one published a month later by Marius Robinson, a newspaper owner and editor who was in the audience. Robinson's recounting of the speech included no instance of the question "Ain't I a Woman?" Twelve years later in May 1863, Gage published another, very different, version. In it, Truth's speech pattern had characteristics of Southern slaves, and the speech included sentences and phrases that Robinson didn't report.

Gage's version of the speech became the historic standard, and is known as "Ain't I a Woman?" because that question was repeated four times.[11] Truth's own speech pattern was not Southern in nature, as she was born and raised in New York, and spoke only Dutch until she was nine years old.[12]

In contrast to Robinson's report, Gage's 1863 version included Truth saying her 13 children were sold away from her into slavery. Truth is widely believed to have had five children, with one sold away, and was never known to boast more children.[12] Gage's 1863 recollection of the convention conflicts with her own report directly after the convention: Gage wrote in 1851 that Akron in general and the press in particular were largely friendly to the woman's rights convention, but in 1863 she wrote that the convention leaders were fearful of the "mobbish" opponents.[12]

Other eyewitness reports of Truth's speech told a calm story, one where all faces were "beaming with joyous gladness" at the session where Truth spoke; that not "one discordant note" interrupted the harmony of the proceedings.[12] In contemporary reports, Truth was warmly received by the convention-goers, the majority of whom were long-standing abolitionists, friendly to progressive ideas of race and civil rights.[12] In Gage's 1863 version, Truth was met with hisses, with voices calling to prevent her from speaking.[13]
Over the next decade, Truth spoke before dozens, perhaps hundreds, of audiences.

From 1851 to 1853, Truth worked with Marius Robinson, the editor of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Bugle, and traveled around that state speaking. In 1853, she spoke at a suffragist "mob convention" at the Broadway Tabernacle in New York City; that year she also met Harriet Beecher Stowe.[5] In 1856, she traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan, to speak to a group called the Friends of Human Progress. In 1858, someone interrupted a speech and accused her of being a man; Truth opened her blouse and revealed her breasts.[5][6]

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#28 May 17, 2013
Publishing and writing

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.[1] Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.[4] She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century,[5] the greatest black philanthropist in American history,[6][7] and was for a time the world's only black billionaire.[8][9] She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.[10][11]

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.[12] Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,[8] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication,[13] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized[13][14] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue,[13] which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.[15][16] By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas,[17] and an emotion-centered approach[18] she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.[19] From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.[20]...

Winfrey has co-authored five books. At the announcement of a weight loss book in 2005, co-authored with her personal trainer Bob Greene, it was said that her undisclosed advance fee had broken the record for the world's highest book advance fee, previously held by the autobiography of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.[63]

Winfrey publishes magazines: O, The Oprah Magazine; from 2004 to 2008, Oprah also published a magazine called O at Home.[64] In 2002, Fortune called O, the Oprah Magazine the most successful start-up ever in the industry.[65][dead link] Although its circulation had declined by more than 10 percent (to 2.4 million) from 2005 to 2008,[66] the January 2009 issue was the best selling issue since 2006.[67] The audience for her magazine is considerably more upscale than for her TV show, the average reader earning well above the median for U.S. women.[65]

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#29 May 17, 2013
Mildred Taylor wrote Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I just got through reading that.

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#30 May 18, 2013
Mildred DeLois Taylor (born September 13, 1943, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an African-American author, known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African-American families in the Deep South. Mildred Taylor lived in Jackson as a child only a short time, then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood. She now lives in Colorado with her daughter. She has expressed her views on the Great Depression as an economical crisis, as well as slavery.

Many of her works are based on stories of her family that she heard while growing up. She has stated that these anecdotes became very clear in her mind, and in fact, once she realized that adults talked about the past, "I began to visualize all the family who had once known the land, and I felt as if I knew them, too..."[this quote needs a citation] Taylor has talked about how much history was in the stories; some stories took place during times of slavery and some post-slavery.

Taylor's most famous book is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. In 1977, the book won the Newbery Medal. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the middle book, chronologically, in a five-book series that also includes The Land, Song of the Trees, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, and The Road to Memphis.


Song of the Trees, 1975

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, 1976

Let the Circle Be Unbroken, 1981

Gold Cadillac, 1987

The Friendship, 1987

Mississippi Bridge, 1990

The Road to Memphis, 1992

The Well, 1995

The Land, 2001


Song of the Trees

First prize (African-American category), Council on Interracial Books for Children, 1973

Outstanding Book of the Year Citation, New York Times, 1975

Jane Addams Honors Citation, 1976

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature 2003

Jane Addams Honor Citation, 1977

Notable Book Citation, American Library Association, 1976

Newbery Medal, 1977

Buxtehuder Bulle Award, 1985

Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Outstanding Book of the Year Citation, New York Times, 1981

Jane Addams Honor Citation, 1982

American Book Award nomination, 1982

Coretta Scott King Award, 1982

The Friendship

Coretta Scott King Award, 1988

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction, 1988

The Gold Cadillac

Notable Book Citation, New York Times, 1987

Christopher Award, 1988

The Road to Memphis

Special Award, Children's Book Council, 1988

Coretta Scott King Award, 1990

Mississippi Bridge

Christopher Award, 1990

The Well: David's Story

Jane Addams Book Award, Jane Addams Peace Council, 1996

The Land

Coretta Scott King Award, 2002, ALA Best Book for Young Adults & Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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#31 May 19, 2013
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#32 May 19, 2013
I so wish the publishers would get a rush on it. I know I have to still be patient. I can't wait to finally show my family the FINAL book print since It's my first. The suspense is killing me.

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#33 May 20, 2013
Dorothy West (June 2, 1907 – August 16, 1998) was a novelist and short story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, as well as many other short stories and essays, about the life of an upper-class black family.

Early years

West was born in Boston on June 2, 1907, to Isaac Christopher West, who was formerly enslaved and later became a successful businessman, and Rachel Pease Benson, one of 22 children. West reportedly wrote her first story at the age of 7. At age 14, she won several local writing competitions.

In 1926, West tied for second place in a writing contest sponsored by Opportunity, a journal published by the National Urban League, with her short story "The Typewriter". The person West tied with was future novelist Zora Neale Hurston.

Harlem Renaissance

Main article: Harlem Renaissance

Shortly before winning, Dorothy moved to Harlem with her cousin, the poet Helene Johnson. There Dorothy met other writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and the novelist Wallace Thurman. Hughes gave Dorothy the nickname of "The Kid", by which she was known during her time in Harlem.

Before the Depression hit, Dorothy's principal contribution to the Harlem Renaissance was to publish the magazine Challenge, which she founded in 1934 with $40. In the decline of the Renaissance, it was symbol that she hadn't lost faith in herself, and that she would continue with her writing. She also published the magazine's successor, New Challenge. These magazines were among the first to publish literature featuring realistic portrayals of African Americans. Among the works published were Richard Wright's groundbreaking essay "Blueprint for Negro Writing," together with writings by Margaret Walker and Ralph Ellison.

In her later years Dorothy had become aware that, up until the Harlem Renaissance, it was almost impossible for a black female to sustain a career in writing. She was in fact one of the first female writers of color to have her works published. This later served as a permanent reminder that African American females weren't always recognized. West had explained in an interview that, due to the publishers' lack of interest, the audience never had a chance to be present. She also attributed her spark of inspiration, to her aunt's subscription to the NAACP's magazine Crisis.

Literary works

After both magazines folded because of insufficient financing, West worked for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project until the mid-1940s. During this time she wrote a number of short stories for the New York Daily News. She then moved to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, where she wrote her first novel, The Living Is Easy. Featuring an ironic sense of humor unique to West's style, the story chronicles the life of a young southern girl in pursuit of the upper class lifestyle. Published in 1948, the novel was well received critically but did not sell many copies.

In the subsequent four decades, West worked as a journalist, primarily writing for a small newspaper on Martha's Vineyard. In 1982 The Feminist Press brought The Living Is Easy back into print, giving new attention to West and her role in the Harlem Renaissance. As a result of this attention, at age 85 West finally finished a second novel, entitled The Wedding which portrayed the message that while race may be a false distinction, love knows no bounds. Published in 1995, the novel was a best-seller and resulted in the publication of a collection of West's short stories and reminiscences called The Richer, the Poorer. Oprah Winfrey turned the novel into a two-part television miniseries, The Wedding...

Literary works

The Living Is Easy (1948; reissued 1982)

The Wedding (1995)

The Richer, The Poorer: Stories, Sketches, and Reminiscences (1995)...
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#34 May 20, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
List of African-American writers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of African-American authors and writers, all of whom are considered part of African-American literature. Note: Consult Who is African-American? to
George Clinton, Curtis Mayfield, Buckwheat, Amos & Andy, Muddy Waters, Uncle Remus.

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#35 Sep 12, 2013
Larry D. Alexander

Birth name
Larry Dell Alexander

May 30, 1953 (age 60)
Dermott, Arkansas

United States of America

Visual artist, Author, Christian education, Evangelist

self taught

Clinton Family Portrait

Larry Dell Alexander (born May 30, 1953) is an American artist, Christian author and teacher from Dermott, Arkansas in Chicot County. Alexander is best known for his creations of elaborate colorful, and black & white "pen and ink" drawings in his "crosshatching", or "hatching" technique. He also received notoriety and a personal presidential thanks for his personal rendition of a "Clinton Family Portrait" oil painting which he gave to U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1995.[1] He is also known for the Arkansas Schools Tours that he did between 1996 and 2006. He has written several devotional Bible studies commentaries on several New Testament books of the Christian Bible, and has also created many drawings and paintings with strong Christian themes over the years.[2][3][4][5]

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