National Authors Day: An Ode to Black Authors

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

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is one of few African-American authors to win a Pulitzer Prize (1988) and Nobel Peace Prize (1993). She won both for her groundbreaking novel Beloved, inspired by the story of a slave, which explores rape and other social issues. It was banned in the past for content and Morrison’s colorful language.

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