Famous Black authors known throughout history for their fearlessness.

From capturing rather hard to describe torments and hardships to racial abuse and violence, the famous Black authors have fearlessly raised the bar to become the voice for the voiceless. Not just for the minority but also for the nation, the Black authors have touched the sensitive nerve and explored stigmas, beauty, and even presented new ideas that have led to reformation and revolution. Black authors have inspired a whole generation to stand up for themselves, and have even bared their intimate life for the sake of becoming role models for the future generations. These famous Black authors not only stand as pillars of courage but have also received their due recognition for their prophetic genius and remarkable literary works. Some of these popular black authors like Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Yaa Gyasi, and James Baldwin are known for their eloquently poignant books that will stand as immortal for ages to come. From fictions to autobiographies, these famous Black authors will remain deserving of all fame and love for all eternity- keep reading and find out more about them!
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

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

23 February 1868

27 August 1963

Great Barrington

Ghanaian

Pisces

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

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

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

28 January 1960

Notasulga

American

Capricorn

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

Eatonton

American

Aquarius

Alex HaleyAlex Haley
(Writer)

11 August 1921

10 February 1992

Ithaca

American

Leo

August WilsonAugust Wilson
(American playwright)

27 April 1945

02 October 2005

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

American

Taurus

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

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

09 January 2014

Newark

American

Libra

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

22 May 1948

Clarendon Parish

Jamaican,American

Virgo

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
(Poet, Writer)

07 June 1917

03 December 2000

Topeka

American

Gemini

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
(Poet, Essayist, Educator)

04 August 1913

25 February 1980

Detroit

American

Leo

Richard WrightRichard Wright
(Author)

04 September 1908

28 November 1960

Roxie

American

Virgo

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

19 May 1930

12 January 1965

Chicago

American

Taurus

Octavia E. ButlerOctavia E. Butler
(American fiction writer)

22 June 1947

24 February 2006

Pasadena, California, United States

American

Cancer

Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni
(Poet, Writer)

07 June 1943

Knoxville

American

Gemini

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

27 June 1872

09 February 1906

Dayton

American

Cancer

Countee CullenCountee Cullen
(American poet)

30 May 1903

09 January 1946

Gemini

Rita DoveRita Dove
(Poet, Writer)

28 August 1952

Akron

American

Virgo

Terry McMillanTerry McMillan
(American author)

18 October 1951

Port Huron, Michigan, United States

American

Libra

Ernest J. GainesErnest J. Gaines
(Author, Educator)

15 January 1933

Oscar, Louisiana, United States

American

Capricorn

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

06 November 1814

06 November 1884

Lexington

American

Scorpio

W.E.B. Du BoisW.E.B. Du Bois
(Journalist, Educator, Civil Rights Activist)

1868 AD

1963 AD

Great Barrington

American

Jessie FausetJessie Fauset
(Author, Editor, Poet, Educator, Journalist)

1882 AD

1961 AD

Charles ChesnuttCharles Chesnutt
(Author, Educator)

1858 AD

1932 AD

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

1902 AD

1981 AD

Lucy Terry PrinceLucy Terry Prince
(Poet)
Wallace Henry ThurmanWallace Henry Thurman
(Author, Editor, Literary Critic, Playwright)

1902 AD

1934 AD

bell hooksbell hooks
(American author)

25 September 1952

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States

American

Libra