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

American

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
(Novelist)

02 August 1924

American

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

01 February 1902

American

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
(Author)

09 February 1944

American

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

American

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
(Poet, Writer)

07 June 1917

American

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
(Educator, Lawyer, Diplomat, Songwriter, Writer, Anthropologist, Poet and Activist)

17 June 1871

American

Claude McKayClaude McKay
(Writer)

15 September 1889

Jamaican,American

Robert HaydenRobert Hayden
(Poet, Essayist, Educator)

04 August 1913

American

Lucille CliftonLucille Clifton
(American poet)

27 June 1936

American

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

27 June 1872

American

Rita DoveRita Dove
(Poet, Writer)

28 August 1952

American

Yolande Cornelia GiovanniYolande Cornelia Giovanni

07 June 1943

American