MARGARET WALKER - Poet 1915-1998
In 1942 her poetry collection For My People won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition making her the first Black woman to receive a national writing prize.
LUCILLE CLIFTON - Poet 1936-2010
In 1988 she became the first poet to have two books of poetry named finalists for one year's Pulitzer Prize.
JUNE JORDAN - Poet 1936-2002
While a Professor in the College of English at the University Of California Berkeley, she was known as the "Poet of the People"