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Saturday, February 28, 2015


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.  

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