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The following list includes African-American writers, poets, journalists, and playwrights, who contributed to the advancement of literature in the United States, including Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and more.

 

 

 

Maya Angelou, poet, writer, composer, actress

 

James Baldwin, American author

 

Imamu Amira Baraka, American poet, playwright, and political activist

 

Arna Bontemps, novelist

 

Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet

 

Octavia Butler, science fiction writer

 

Ed Bullins, playwright

 

Charles W. Chesnutt, American author and lawyer

 

Countee Cullen, American poet

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist

 

Ralph Ellison, American author

 

Charles Fuller, playwright

 

Nikki Giovanni, poet

 

Alex Haley, author

 

Jupiter Hammon, American poet

 

Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright

 

Bell Hooks, writer

 

Langston Hughes, American poet

 

Zora Neale Hurston, American writer

 

James Weldon Johnson, American author

 

Jamaica Kincaid, writer

 

Nella Larsen, American writer

 

Toni Morrison, novelist

 

Ann Lane Petry, novelist

 

Leonard Pitts, Jr., journalist, writer

 

Carl Thomas Rowan, journalist

 

John Russwurm, U.S. journalist and Liberian statesman

 

Ignatius Sancho, writer

 

Ntozke Shange, writer

 

Wallace Thurman, writer

 

Jean Toomer, writer

 

Gustavus Vassa, writer

 

Alice Walker, author

 

Ida B. Wells-Barnett, journalist, activist

 

Dorothy West, writer

 

Phillis Wheatley, American poet

 

John Edgar Wideman, writer

 

August Wilson, playwright, poet

 

Richard Wright, American author

 

 

 

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