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

Honolulu, Hawai, USA

American

Leo

Ben CarsonBen Carson
(Neurosurgeon)

18 September 1951

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

American

Virgo

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

13 September 1996

New York City, New York, U.S

American

Gemini

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

21 February 1965

North Omaha, Nebraska

African,American

Taurus

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
(Media proprietor)

29 January 1954

Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

American

Aquarius

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
(American orator)

01 February 1818

20 February 1895

Talbot County, Maryland, U.S

American

Aquarius

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman

1820 AD

10 March 1913

Maryland, USA

American

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

23 February 1868

27 August 1963

Great Barrington

Ghanaian

Pisces

Tyler PerryTyler Perry

13 September 1969

New Orleans

American

Virgo

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington

05 April 1856

14 November 1915

Hale's Ford, Virginia, U.S.

American

Aries

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
(Political leader)

17 August 1887

10 June 1940

Jamaican

Leo

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

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
(American novelist)

18 February 1931

Lorain, Ohio

American

Aquarius

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

Leo

Angela Davis Angela Davis
(Political Activist)

26 January 1944

Birmingham

American

Aquarius

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
(American women's rights activist)

01 December 1797

26 November 1883

Swartekill, New York

American

Sagittarius

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

Eatonton

American

Aquarius

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

22 August 1989

Monroe

American

Aquarius

Olaudah EquianoOlaudah Equiano
(Anti Slavery Activist)

1745 AD

31 March 1797

Igboland

African

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
(Journalist)

16 July 1862

25 March 1931

Holly Springs

American

Cancer

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

28 January 1960

Notasulga

American

Capricorn

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael

29 June 1941

15 November 1998

Port of Spain

Trinidadian,American

Cancer

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

10 February 1992

Ithaca

American

Leo

Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver

31 August 1935

01 May 1998

Wabbaseka, Arkansas

American

Virgo

August WilsonAugust Wilson

27 April 1945

02 October 2005

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

American

Taurus

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

09 January 2014

Newark

American

Libra

Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
(Novelist)

25 May 1949

St. John's

American

Gemini

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
(Poet, Writer)

07 June 1917

03 December 2000

Topeka

American

Gemini

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

22 May 1948

Clarendon Parish

Jamaican,American

Virgo

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

17 June 1871

26 June 1938

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

American

Gemini

Walter Dean MyersWalter Dean Myers
(Writer)

12 August 1937

01 July 2014

Martinsburg

American

Leo

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

10 November 1852

10 April 1933

Philadelphia

American

Scorpio

Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler
(Science Fiction Writer)

22 June 1947

24 February 2006

Pasadena

American

Cancer

Richard WrightRichard Wright
(Author)

04 September 1908

28 November 1960

Roxie

American

Virgo

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
(Civil Rights Activist)

23 September 1863

24 July 1954

Memphis

American

Virgo

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
(Poet, Essayist, Educator)

04 August 1913

25 February 1980

Detroit

American

Leo

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
(American poet)

27 June 1936

13 February 2010

New York, United States

American

Cancer

Lorenzo ThomasLorenzo Thomas
(Poet)

31 August 1944

04 July 2005

Panama

American

Virgo

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
(Author, Educator)

10 August 1858

27 February 1964

Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

American

Leo

Larry D. AlexanderLarry D. Alexander
(Painter)

30 May 1953

Dermott

American

Gemini

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

20 August 1954

Queens

American

Leo

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
(Economist, University teacher, Journalist)

30 June 1930

Gastonia

American

Cancer

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

24 April 1954

Philadelphia

American

Taurus

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

19 May 1930

12 January 1965

Chicago

American

Taurus

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

27 June 1872

09 February 1906

Dayton

American

Cancer

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

20 December 1935

Pennsylvania

American

Sagittarius

John Henrik ClarkeJohn Henrik Clarke
(Historian)

01 January 1915

16 July 1998

Union Springs

American

Capricorn

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

19 December 1875

03 April 1950

New Canton

American

Sagittarius

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

06 November 1814

06 November 1884

Lexington

American

Scorpio

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

14 December 1945

Los Angeles

American

Sagittarius

Rita DoveRita Dove
(Poet, Writer)

28 August 1952

Akron

American

Virgo

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

10 August 1858

27 February 1964

Raleigh

American

Leo

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

1902 AD

1981 AD

Carter Godwin WoodsonCarter Godwin Woodson

19 December 1875

03 April 1950

American

Sagittarius

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