National Authors Day: An Ode to Black Authors

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  • Ralph Waldo Ellison
  • Sister Souljah
  • Chinua Achebe
  • James Baldwin
  • Alice Walker
  • Terry McMillan
  • Black Authors You Need to Know
  • Maya Angelou
  • Langston Hughes
  • Teri Woods
  • Toni Morrison

Chinua Achebe

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel Things Fall Apart was bolstered by international success in the 1950s, although it was initially met with skepticism in his native country and in West Africa. Things Fall Apart explores clashes between colonialism and culture, through the eyes of conflicted main character Okwonko. 

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