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

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822, American

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
13 September 1969, American
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist
Angela Davis Angela Davis
26 January 1944, American
Political Activist

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

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

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

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887, Jamaican
Political leader

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

August WilsonAugust Wilson
27 April 1945, American
American playwright

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862, American

Stokely CarmichaelStokely Carmichael
29 June 1941, Guinean, Trinidadian, American
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver
31 August 1935, American

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Richard WrightRichard Wright
04 September 1908, American

Olaudah EquianoOlaudah Equiano
1745 AD, Central African
Anti Slavery Activist
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889, Jamaican, American

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Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux
02 January 1884, American
Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
25 May 1949, American

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator

Walter Dean MyersWalter Dean Myers
12 August 1937, American
Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
27 June 1936, American
American poet
Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler
22 June 1947, American
Science Fiction Writer

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
04 August 1913, American
Poet, Essayist, Educator

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852, American

Lorenzo ThomasLorenzo Thomas
31 August 1944, American
Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American

Henry Louis Gates Jr.Henry Louis Gates Jr.
16 September 1950, American

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

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

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,
Dwayne Glenn McDuffieDwayne Glenn McDuffie
20 February 1962, American
American writer

Angie ThomasAngie Thomas
06 March 1988, American
Michelle AlexanderMichelle Alexander
07 October 1967, American

John Henrik ClarkeJohn Henrik Clarke
01 January 1915, American

Rita DoveRita Dove
28 August 1952, American
Poet, Writer
Edna LewisEdna Lewis
13 April 1916, Central African, American

Stanley CrouchStanley Crouch
14 December 1945, American
Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic,
Chester HimesChester Himes
29 July 1909, American

E. Lynn HarrisE. Lynn Harris
20 June 1955, American

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

Bebe Moore CampbellBebe Moore Campbell
18 February 1950, American

Alice Dunbar NelsonAlice Dunbar Nelson
19 July 1875, American
William Julius WilsonWilliam Julius Wilson
20 December 1935, American
Sociologist, University teacher, Professor, Writer

Edward P. JonesEdward P. Jones
1951 AD, American

Gloria NaylorGloria Naylor
25 January 1950, American

Jessie Redmon FausetJessie Redmon Fauset
27 April 1882, American
Rudolph FisherRudolph Fisher
09 May 1897, American

Sarah Louise DelanySarah Louise Delany
19 September 1889, American
Gwendolyn BennettGwendolyn B. Bennett
08 July 1902, American

Pauline HopkinsPauline Hopkins
1859 AD, American

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune
03 October 1856, American
Bob HerbertBob Herbert
07 March 1945, American

George Moses HortonGeorge Moses Horton
1798 AD, American
Claude BrownClaude Brown
23 February 1937, American

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

William RaspberryWilliam Raspberry
12 October 1935, American
Samuel Ringgold WardSamuel Ringgold Ward
17 October 1817, American

Carlos BakerCarlos Baker
05 May 1909, American
Houston A. Baker, Jr.Houston A. Baker, Jr.
22 March 1943, American