Famous Black Writers

James BaldwinJames Baldwin
02 August 1924, American
Novelist
Nick CannonNick Cannon
08 October 1980, American
Actor

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

Assata ShakurAssata Shakur
16 July 1947, Cuban, American
Murder Convict

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Chirlane McCrayChirlane McCray
29 November 1954, American
Writer, Social Activist

Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates
30 September 1975, American
Author
Shonda RhimesShonda Rhimes
13 January 1970, American
Television Producer

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean
Actress

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

Ron Cephas JonesRon Cephas Jones
08 January 1957, American
Actor

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955, American
Activist

Daymond JohnDaymond John
23 February 1969, American
CEO of FUBU
Janet MockJanet Mock
10 March 1983, American
Writer

Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934, American
Writer

Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver
31 August 1935, American
 

Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977, Nigerian
Writer
Attallah ShabazzAttallah Shabazz
16 November 1958, American
Malcolm X's Daughter

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist
Alex HaleyAlex Haley
11 August 1921, American
Writer

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe
16 November 1930, Nigerian
Nigerian novelist
Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987, British
Actress

Aaron McGruderAaron McGruder
29 May 1974, American
Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker
Wole SoyinkaWole Soyinka
13 July 1934, Nigerian
Author, Poet, Playwright

Ralph SampsonRalph Sampson
07 July 1960, American
Basketball Player

Charlayne WoodardCharlayne Woodard
29 December 1953, American
Actress
August WilsonAugust Wilson
27 April 1945, American
American playwright

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Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875, American
Educator
Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley
08 May 1753, American
Poet

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American
Writer

Saul WilliamsSaul Williams
29 February 1972, American
Singer, Musician, Poet

Martellus BennettMartellus Bennett
10 March 1987, American
Football Player
C. L. R. JamesC. L. R. James
04 January 1901, Trinidadian, British
Journalist, Writer, Historian, Theorist, Socialist
Derek WalcottDerek Walcott
23 January 1930, Saint Lucian
Poet

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar
27 June 1872, American
Poet

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet

Léopold Sédar SenghorLéopold Sédar Senghor
09 October 1906, Senegalese
Senegalese Politician
Oscar MicheauxOscar Micheaux
02 January 1884, American
Author

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889, Jamaican, American
Writer

Katherine DunhamKatherine Dunham
22 June 1909, American
Dancer, Choreographer, Social Activist, Author

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper
21 March 1856, American
Military Leader

Cass PennantCass Pennant
03 March 1958, British
Writer
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

Nuruddin FarahNuruddin Farah
24 November 1945, Somalian
Novelist

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator
Tayeb SalihTayeb Salih
12 July 1929, Sudanese
Writer

Mongo BetiMongo Beti
30 June 1932, Cameroonian
Writer
Ayodele AwojobiAyodele Awojobi
12 March 1937, Nigerien
Academic

Lorenzo ThomasLorenzo Thomas
31 August 1944, American
Poet

Ralph Waldo EllisonRalph Waldo Ellison
01 March 1914, American
Novelist

Richard WrightRichard Wright
04 September 1908, American
Author

Carter WoodsonCarter Woodson
19 December 1875, American
Historian
Siohvaughn FunchesSiohvaughn Funches
06 September 1981, American
Dwyane Wade's Ex-wife

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987, Ghanaian, British
Actress

Karamo BrownKaramo Brown
02 November 1980, American
Television host

Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer
25 May 1972, American
Actress
Larry ElderLarry Elder
27 April 1952, American
Radio Host

James AveryJames Avery
27 November 1945, American
Film actor
Van JonesVan Jones
20 September 1968, American
Motivational speaker

W. Kamau BellW. Kamau Bell
26 January 1973, American
Comedian

Clarke PetersClarke Peters
07 April 1952, American
Actor
Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron
01 April 1949, American
Singer, Writer, Composer, Poet, Pianist

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,
MartiniqueMartinique
Algerian
 

Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer-Songwriter

N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin
19 September 1972, American
Novelist
Octavia E. ButlerOctavia E. Butler
22 June 1947, American
Science fiction author

Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson
17 December 1945, American
Actor
Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972, American
Singer-songwriter

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon
20 July 1925, Algerian, French, Martiniquan
Psychiatrist

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

Anita HillAnita Hill
30 July 1956, American
Attorney
Omarosa ManigaultOmarosa Manigault
15 February 1974, American
Writers
J. B. SmooveJ. B. Smoove
16 December 1965, American
Actor

Mo'NiqueMo'Nique
11 December 1967, American
Comedian

T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
09 June 1957, American
Priest, Author, Writer

Colson WhiteheadColson Whitehead
11 March 1969, American
Novelist
Dwayne WayansDwayne Wayans
20 July 1956, American
Composer, Actor, Musician, Writer

Colman DomingoColman Domingo
28 November 1969, American
Actor

William KamkwambaWilliam Kamkwamba
05 August 1987, Malawian
Inventor

Nikki GiovanniNikki Giovanni
07 June 1943, American
Poet, Writer

James MeredithJames Meredith
25 June 1933, American
Writer
Sister SouljahSister Souljah
28 January 1964, American
Writer

Natasha TretheweyNatasha Trethewey
26 April 1966, American
Poet
Myles MunroeMyles Munroe
20 April 1954, Bahamian
Writer

John RidleyJohn Ridley
30 September 1965, American
Screenwriter
Ishmael ReedIshmael Reed
22 February 1938, American
Poet
Bernie CaseyBernie Casey
08 June 1939, American
Actor