This Day in Black History: Oct. 27, 1987

This Day in Black History: Oct. 27, 1987

Celebrated author John Oliver Killens dies.

Published October 27, 2011

John Oliver Killens, teacher and author of titles such as And Then We Heard the Thunder and Young Blood, died at age 71. Killens’s work was known for its foundations in activism. He was also the founder of the Harlem Writers Guild.

(Photo: University of Georgia Press)

Written by Britt Middleton

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