Honoring Contributions to Black Literacy: Six Poets You Should Know

When recalling great poets, one would be remiss without acknowledging the contributions the African American community has made in the literary world. Resounding voices over the decades celebrate life's joys and reflect on hardships through words that deeply connect with a reader. And also leave a lasting impact on their perspective of the world around them. Readers and poets alike are rooted by the deep connection that comes from shared cultural and social experiences as people of color. Poets from the past and present share their visions in this collection of influential writers.



Langston Hughes is widely known for works featuring Black life experiences in America set during the 1920s through the 1960s. Hughes wrote novels, short stories, plays, and poetry and is also known for his involvement in jazz as it was a great influence on his work. He was a highly influential force of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.



Cornelius Eady penned numerous collections of poetry and, along with fellow poet Toi Derricotte founded Cave Canem in 1996, which is a non-profit organization supporting emerging black poet