Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Richard Wright are a few acclaimed African American writers.

Many people around the world agree with the saying ‘A Pen Is Mightier Than A Sword’. Authors have undoubtedly been quite influential in changing the world to a great extent. The works of several famous works have changed governance, sparked off revolutions and led to the evolution of society in general. The contribution of African American authors in the evolution of our society has often gone unnoticed. Over the past few decades, several African American authors have impressed literature lovers with their works and some of their books even went on to become bestsellers. Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker and Ralph Ellison are a few eminent African American authors who are famous worldwide. Toni Morrison has penned several critically acclaimed novels like ‘The Bluest Eye’, ‘Sula’ and ‘Solomon’. She has been felicitated with several laurels such as the prestigious ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’, ‘Pulitzer Prize’ and ‘American Book Award’ for her immense contribution towards literature. Similarly, Alice Walker is another author who has admirers all over the world. She is best known for her acclaimed novel ‘The Color Purple’, which fetched Walker the ‘National Book Award’ as well as the ‘Pulitzer Prize For Fiction’. Alice Walker has also often raised her voice against unjust practices in the society. ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ written by Zora Neale Hurston has attained the status of a cult classic. We have compiled a list which includes the names of several eminent authors of African American descent.
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
(44th U.S. President)

04 August 1961

American

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

American

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
(Media proprietor)

29 January 1954

American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
(Actor)

13 September 1969

American

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

American

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

American

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
(American orator)

01 February 1818

American

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman

1820 AD

American

Ben CarsonBen Carson
(Neurosurgeon)

18 September 1951

American

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

Jamaican

Angela Davis Angela Davis
(Political Activist)

26 January 1944

American

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

Guinean,Trinidadian,American

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)

23 February 1868

Ghanaian

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
(Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist)

01 February 1902

American

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington

05 April 1856

American

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
(American novelist)

18 February 1931

American

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

American

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
(Journalist)

16 July 1862

American

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

American

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
(American women's rights activist)

01 December 1797

American

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

American

Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver

31 August 1935

American

Olaudah EquianoOlaudah Equiano
(Anti Slavery Activist)

1745 AD

Cental African

August WilsonAugust Wilson
(American playwright)

27 April 1945

American

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

American

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
(Poet, Writer)

07 June 1917

American

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
(Educator, Lawyer, Diplomat, Songwriter, Writer, Anthropologist, Poet and Activist)

17 June 1871

American

Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
(Novelist)

25 May 1949

American

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

Jamaican,American

Walter Dean MyersWalter Dean Myers
(Writer)

12 August 1937

American

Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler
(Science Fiction Writer)

22 June 1947

American

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
(Civil Rights Activist)

23 September 1863

American

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
(Poet, Essayist, Educator)

04 August 1913

American

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
(American poet)

27 June 1936

American

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
(Author, Educator)

10 August 1858

American

Richard WrightRichard Wright
(Author)

04 September 1908

American

Lorenzo ThomasLorenzo Thomas
(Poet)

31 August 1944

American

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
(Author, Educator, & Clergyman)

10 November 1852

American

Al RokerAl Roker
(Actor, Writer, Blogger, Meteorologist, Journalist)

20 August 1954

American

Larry D. AlexanderLarry D. Alexander
(Painter)

30 May 1953

American

Mumia Abu-JamalMumia Abu-Jamal
(Journalist, Activist)

24 April 1954

American

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)

19 May 1930

American

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
(Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

27 June 1872

American

Carter G. WoodsonCarter G. Woodson
(Journalist, Historian)

19 December 1875

American

John Henrik ClarkeJohn Henrik Clarke
(Historian)

01 January 1915

American

Rita DoveRita Dove
(Poet, Writer)

28 August 1952

American

Anna J. CooperAnna J. Cooper
(Historian, Writer)

10 August 1858

American

William Julius WilsonWilliam Julius Wilson
(Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer)

20 December 1935

American

Stanley CrouchStanley Crouch
(Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)

14 December 1945

American

William Wells BrownWilliam Wells Brown
(Writer, Historian, Novelist)

06 November 1814

American

Gwendolyn BennettGwendolyn Bennett
(Author, Painter, Editor, Poet, Educator, Journalist)

1902 AD

Carter Godwin WoodsonCarter Godwin Woodson

19 December 1875

American