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
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist

Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944, American
Political Activist
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822, American
Abolitionist

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
13 September 1969, American
Actor

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
05 April 1856, American
 

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader
Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941, Guinean, Trinidadian, American
 

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862, American
Journalist
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver
31 August 1935, American
 
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Writer

Olaudah EquianoOlaudah Equiano
1745 AD, Central African
Anti Slavery Activist
August WilsonAugust Wilson
27 April 1945, American
American playwright

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American
Writer
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet

Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux
02 January 1884, American
Author
Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889, Jamaican, American
Writer

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Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
25 May 1949, American
Novelist
Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler
22 June 1947, American
Science Fiction Writer

Walter Dean MyersWalter Dean Myers
12 August 1937, American
Writer

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936, American
American poet
Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
04 August 1913, American
Poet, Essayist, Educator
Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator

Richard WrightRichard Wright
04 September 1908, American
Author

Lorenzo ThomasLorenzo Thomas
31 August 1944, American
Poet

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852, American
Writer
Al RokerAl Roker
20 August 1954, American
Actor, Writer, Blogger, Meteorologist, Journalist

Larry D. AlexanderLarry D. Alexander
30 May 1953, American
Painter

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Mumia Abu-JamalMumia Abu-Jamal
24 April 1954, American
Journalist, Activist

Henry Louis Gates Jr.Henry Louis Gates Jr.
16 September 1950, American
Author
Michelle AlexanderMichelle Alexander
07 October 1967, American
Lawyer

Carter G. WoodsonCarter G. Woodson
19 December 1875, American
Journalist, Historian
Angie ThomasAngie Thomas
06 March 1988, American
Novelist

Edna LewisEdna Lewis
13 April 1916, Central African, American
Chef

John Henrik ClarkeJohn Henrik Clarke
01 January 1915, American
Historian
Bebe Moore CampbellBebe Moore Campbell
18 February 1950, American
Author

Rita DoveRita Dove
28 August 1952, American
Poet, Writer
Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American
Writer

Stanley CrouchStanley Crouch
14 December 1945, American
Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic,

William Wells BrownWilliam Wells Brown
06 November 1814, American
Writer, Historian, Novelist

William Julius WilsonWilliam Julius Wilson
20 December 1935, American
Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer

E. Lynn HarrisE. Lynn Harris
20 June 1955, American
Author
Gloria NaylorGloria Naylor
25 January 1950, American
Novelist

Edward P. JonesEdward P. Jones
1951 AD, American
Novelist

Alice Dunbar NelsonAlice Dunbar Nelson
19 July 1875, American
Poet

Bob HerbertBob Herbert
07 March 1945, American
Journalist
Sarah Louise DelanySarah Louise Delany
19 September 1889, American
Educator

Pauline HopkinsPauline Hopkins
1859 AD, American
Novelist
Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune
03 October 1856, American
Orator

Claude BrownClaude Brown
23 February 1937, American
Author

Rudolph FisherRudolph Fisher
09 May 1897, American
Physician
George Moses HortonGeorge Moses Horton
1798 AD, American
Poet

William RaspberryWilliam Raspberry
12 October 1935, American
Journalist
Carlos BakerCarlos Baker
05 May 1909, American
Writer

Eric D. WalrondEric D. Walrond
18 December 1898, American
Writer

Samuel Ringgold WardSamuel Ringgold Ward
17 October 1817, American
Author
Houston A. Baker, Jr.Houston A. Baker, Jr.
22 March 1943, American
Scholar

Dwayne Glenn McDuffieDwayne Glenn McDuffie
20 February 1962, American
American writer