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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


GWENDOLYN BROOKS - (6/7/1917-12/3/2000)     Was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer prize when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry  in 1950 for her second collection, "ANNIE ALLEN."

NIKKI GIOVANNI - (6/7/1943)   Initially gained famed in the 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT. Her early work, which was influenced by a strong Black militant perspective,  had her dubbed the "Poet of the Black Revolution."

JAMES WELDON JOHNSON (6/17/1871-6/26/1938)   Established his reputation as a writer during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems and novels.

PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (6/27/1872-2/9/1906)   Was a poet, novelist, and playwright. He was one of the first Black writers to establish a national reputation. He published his first poems at the age of 16.

LUCILLE CLIFTON  (6/27/1936- 2/13/2010)   Was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her first poetry collection, "Good Times,"  published in 1969, was listed by the N.Y. Times  as one of the year's ten best books.

To learn more about these poets and sample their poetry GOOGLE their names and read the related entries.

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