Prominent Black Writers

Black literature, narratives, poetry, art, and histories go back centuries (and that’s only in the Americas). Here are the names of a few prominent Black authors and thought leaders, not previously mentioned, who have contributed immensely to that cornucopia of work.

Amiri Baraka

Gwendolyn Brooks

Angela Y. Davis

W.E.B Dubois

Ralph Ellison

Frantz Fanon

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Alex Haley

Bell Hooks

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Audre Lorde

Toni Morrison

Alice Walker

Jesmyn Ward

Cornel West

August Wilson

Richard Wright

and so many, many more…