Despite experiencing racism, the Blacks excelled in every field be it education, music or art. Their poetry is an inspiration to generations and generations of poets and races that still face racism. Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who composed “Praise Song for the Day” poem for the inauguration of President Barack Obama is the 1st one to receive the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship. Her books The Venus Hottentot, Body of Life, Antebellum Dream Book, and American Sublime are quite famous. Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black poets to bag the Pulitzer Prize in poetry motivates the contemporary poets. Lucille Clifton, the Afro-American poet known for her poems on spirituality, womanhood and African-American identity won the National Book Award. Rita Dove, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Saeed Jones, Jean Toomer and Langston Hughes are some of the greatest black poets. Continue reading to know more about the famous Black poets of all time.
Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
(Author)

04 April 1928

28 May 2014

St. Louis

American

Aries

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

01 February 1902

22 May 1967

Joplin, Missouri, United States

American

Aquarius

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

01 December 1987

Harlem

American

Leo

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

Eatonton

American

Aquarius

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

09 January 2014

Newark

American

Libra

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

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

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

27 June 1872

09 February 1906

Dayton

American

Cancer

Rita DoveRita Dove
(Poet, Writer)

28 August 1952

Akron

American

Virgo

Yolande Cornelia GiovanniYolande Cornelia Giovanni

07 June 1943

Knoxville, Tennessee

American

Gemini

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