National Authors Day: An Ode to Black Authors

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

James Baldwin

Mentor and friend to Maya Angelou, essayist James Baldwin is best known for his 1953 autobiographical novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain. And not only was he a writer, he was also known as an activist for the African-American and gay communities.

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