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Great African American Authors

This breakthrough eight part series, Great African American Authors, tells the amazing story of the evolution of the African American literary tradition in the United States from the founding of Jamestown to the first two decades of the 21st Century.
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AAA $200.00/yr
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Program 1: 1761 - 1901
  • 1761 - Jupiter Hammon, America's First Published Black Writer
  • 1773 - Phillis Wheatley Completes Her Poems on Various Subjects
  • 1855 - Frederick Douglass Publishes My Bondage and My Freedom
  • 1899 - Paul Laurence Dunbar's 'Sympathy'
  • 1901 - Booker T. Washington's Autobiography, Up From Slavery
AAA-001 $25.00/yr
Program 2: 1902 - 1924
  • 1903 - W.E.B. Du Bois Pens The Souls of Black Folk
  • 1912 - James Weldon Johnson Writes About Black Identity
  • 1919 - Alain LeRoy Locke, Architect of the Harlem Renaissance
  • 1921 - 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' by Langston Hughes
  • 1924 - Alice Dunbar Nelson, Interpreter of Black Culture
AAA-002 $25.00/yr
Program 3: 1925 - 1937
  • 1925 - Countee Cullen Pens 'Heritage'
  • 1928 - Jessie Redmon Fauset Publishes Plum Bun
  • 1932 - Sterling A. Brown, Master of Dialect
  • 1936 - Arna Bontemps, Black Thunder
  • 1937 - Zora Neale Hurston Completes Their Eyes Were Watching God
AAA-003 $25.00/yr
Program 4: 1938 - 1953
  • 1940 - Richard Wright, Father of Black Protest Fiction
  • 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, First Black Pulitzer Prize Recipient
  • 1953 - Ralph Ellison Wins National Book Award
  • 1953 - James Baldwin Writes Go Tell It on the Mountain
AAA-004 $25.00/yr
Program 5: 1954 - 1967
  • 1957 - Chester Himes, First Black Crime Fiction Writer
  • 1959 - Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is Produced
  • 1965 - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • 1965 - Amiri Baraka, Father of the Black Arts Movement
  • 1967 - Nikki Giovanni, "Princess of Black Poetry"
AAA-005 $25.00/yr
Program 6: 1968 - 1982
  • 1969 - Maya Angelou Writes Her Autobiography
  • 1972 - Toni Cade Bambara Publishes Gorilla, My Love
  • 1973 - Alice Childress, A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
  • 1975 - Ed Bullins Premieres The Taking of Miss Janie
  • 1976 - Alex Haley's Groundbreaking Roots
  • 1982 - Gloria Naylor Celebrates the Black Woman
AAA-006 $25.00/yr
Program 7: 1982 - 1993
  • 1982 - Alice Walker Writes The Color Purple
  • 1987 - Lucille Clifton's Poetry Celebrates the Female Body
  • 1987 - August Wilson Wins Pulitzer for Fences
  • 1988 - Yusef Komunyakaa Pens 'Facing It'
  • 1990 - Walter Mosley Introduces Easy Rawlins
  • 1993 - Toni Morrison Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
AAA-007 $25.00/yr
Program 8: 1993 - Present
  • 1993 - Ernest J. Gaines Completes A Lesson Before Dying
  • 1993 - Rita Dove is Appointed Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 2001 - Cornelius Eady Writes Brutal Imagination
  • 2002 - Suzan - Lori Parks Wins Pulitzer for Topdog/Underdog
  • 2012 - Natasha Trethewey and the New Wave
AAA-008 $25.00/yr