Famous Black Poets

 1 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.

 2 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian, British

 3 Langston Hughes

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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Birthdate: February 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1967

Langston Hughes is best remembered as a prominent leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first to write jazz poetry. He also wrote plays and short stories. He was a columnist for The Chicago Defender and wrote the iconic poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

 4 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

 5 Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 27, 2011

 6 Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe
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Famous As: Nigerian novelist
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 21, 2013

 7 Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 8 Saul Williams

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Poet
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 9 Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1992

 10 Chirlane McCray

Chirlane McCray
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Famous As: Writer, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 11 Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 8, 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 5, 1784

 12 Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: November 30, 1995

 13 Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 14 Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 2017

 15 Akala

Akala
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 16 Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 9, 2014

 17 Noname

Noname
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 18 Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Saint Lucian

 19 Aime Cesaire

Aime Cesaire
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: April 17, 2008

 20 James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 1938

 21 Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 22 James Avery

James Avery
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 2013

 23 Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 3, 2000

 24 Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 1906

 25 Claude McKay

Claude McKay
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Jamaican, American
Died: May 22, 1948

 26 Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen
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Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality:
Died: January 9, 1946

 27 Terry McMillan

Terry McMillan
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Famous As: American author
Birthdate: October 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 28 Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 29 Keorapetse Kgositsile

Keorapetse Kgositsile
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Famous As: Poet, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: September 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South African

 30 Ben Okri

Ben Okri
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Poet
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Nigerian

 31 Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton
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Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: June 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 2010

 32 Francis Bebey

Francis Bebey
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cameroonian
Died: May 28, 2001

 33 Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: February 3, 2011

 34 June Jordan

June Jordan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 2002

 35 Rita Dove

Rita Dove
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 36 Melvin Tolson

Melvin Tolson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 29, 1966

 37 Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden
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Famous As: Poet, Essayist, Educator
Birthdate: August 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 25, 1980

 38 Gabriel Okara

Gabriel Okara
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 25, 2019

 39 Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines
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Famous As: Author, Educator
Birthdate: January 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 Oscar Cicero Brown, Jr.

Oscar Cicero Brown, Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 29, 2005

 41 Kamau Brathwaite

Kamau Brathwaite
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Barbadian

 42 Bob Kaufman

Bob Kaufman
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 1986

 43 Alice Dunbar Nelson

Alice Dunbar Nelson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 1935

 44 Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 45 Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: May 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 1989

 46 David Diop

David Diop
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: August 29, 1960

 47 Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor
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Famous As: Curator
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: March 15, 2019

 48 Christopher Okigbo

Christopher Okigbo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Nigerian
Died: 1967 AD

 49 Charlotte Forten Grimké

Charlotte Forten Grimké
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1914

 50 George Lamming

George Lamming
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Barbadian