JUPITER HAMMON 1711-1806 - Poet
One of the founders of Black Literature. The first Black writer to be published in America.
GWENDOLYN BROOKS 1917-2000 - Poet
The first Black poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1950)
MAYA ANGELOU 1928-2014 - Poet
In 1993, Angelou recited her poem, "On The Pulse of Morning, " at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, becoming the first poet to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration in 32 years.
GIL SCOTT-HERON 1949-2011 - Poet (Bluesologist)
His poetic style has influenced every generation of hip-hop artists.