Famous African American Authors The World Really Loves

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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.
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 1 
Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)
Tupac Shakur
195
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996
 2 
W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
25
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963
Booker T. Washington
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915
 4 
Gladys Knight
(Singer-Songwriter)
Gladys Knight
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 5 
Ben Carson
(U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development (2017 – 2021))
Ben Carson
56
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 6 
Toni Morrison
(Novelist)
Toni Morrison
30
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019
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 7 
Ida B. Wells
(Women's Rights Activist and Civil Rights Leader)
Ida B. Wells
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
 8 
Angela Davis
(Political Activist)
Angela Davis
32
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
 9 
Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)
Zora Neale Hurston
11
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960
 10 
Marcus Garvey
(Political leader)
Marcus Garvey
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1940
 11 
Olaudah Equiano
(Anti Slavery Activist)
Olaudah Equiano
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Igboland
Died: March 31, 1797
 12 
Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Author and Journalist Known for His Non-Fiction Books: ‘The Beautiful Struggle’ and ‘Between the World and Me’)
Ta-Nehisi Coates
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
 13 
Lorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)
Lorraine Hansberry
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965
Eldridge Cleaver
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died: May 1, 1998
 15 
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
(Literary Critic and Scholar Who Became Popular for His Pioneering Theories of African and African-American Literature)
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
4
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 16 
Roxane Gay
(Writer Known for Her 2014 Essay Collection 'Bad Feminist')
Roxane Gay
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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 17 
Amiri Baraka
(Writer)
Amiri Baraka
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014
 18 
Gwendolyn Brooks
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Died: December 3, 2000
 19 
Claude McKay
(Writer)
Claude McKay
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22, 1948
 20 
Dwayne McDuffie
(Known for Producing and Writing the Animated Series: 'Static Shock', 'Damage Control', 'Justice League Unlimited')
Dwayne McDuffie
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 21, 2011
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 21 
Mumia Abu-Jamal
(Journalist, Activist)
Mumia Abu-Jamal
5
Birthdate: April 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 22 
Angie Thomas
(Novelist)
Angie Thomas
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
 23 
Jamaica Kincaid
(Novelist)
Jamaica Kincaid
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. John's
 24 
Michelle Alexander
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 25 
Oscar Micheaux
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 2, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Metropolis, Illinois, United States
Died: March 25, 1951
 26 
William Julius Wilson
(Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer)
William Julius Wilson
0
Birthdate: December 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
 27 
Walter Dean Myers
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Martinsburg
Died: July 1, 2014
 28 
Anna Julia Cooper
(One of the Most Important African-American Scholars in US History)
Anna Julia Cooper
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 10, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: February 27, 1964
 29 
Bebe Moore Campbell
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 27, 2006
 30 
Henry Van Dyke
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 10, 1933
 31 
Rita Dove
(Poet, Writer)
Rita Dove
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akron
 32 
Lucille Clifton
(American poet)
Lucille Clifton
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: February 13, 2010
 33 
Chester Himes
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 29, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri,United States
Died: November 12, 1984
 34 
Robert Hayden
(Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today known as US Poet Laureate.)
Robert Hayden
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 25, 1980
 35 
Edna Lewis
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: April 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freetown, Virginia, United States
Died: February 13, 2006
 36 
Stanley Crouch
(Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Stanley Crouch
3
Listed In:
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 37 
E. Lynn Harris
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: July 23, 2009
Alice Dunbar Nelson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 18, 1935
 39 
Edward P. Jones
(Novelist)
Edward P. Jones
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 40 
Gloria Naylor
(Novelist)
Gloria Naylor
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 2016
 41 
Bob Herbert
(Journalist)
Bob Herbert
0
Birthdate: March 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 42 
Sarah Louise Delany
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lynch Station, Virginia, United States
Died: January 25, 1999
 43 
Sofia Samatar
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indiana, United States
 44 
Claude Brown
(Author)
Claude Brown
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: February 2, 2002
 45 
Jessie Redmon Fauset
2
Birthdate: April 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camden County, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 30, 1961
 46 
Pauline Hopkins
(Novelist)
Pauline Hopkins
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1859 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: August 13, 1930
George Moses Horton
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1798 AD
Birthplace: Northampton, North Carolina
Died: 1884 AD
Timothy Thomas Fortune
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 3, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marianna, Florida, United States
Died: June 2, 1928
 49 
Rudolph Fisher
(Physician)
Rudolph Fisher
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 26, 1934
 50 
William Raspberry
(Journalist)
William Raspberry
0
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Okolona, Mississippi
Died: July 17, 2012