Friday, May 11, 2012
15 Moments of Importance in African American Poetry, 1918-1950
1918 - Georgia Douglas Johnson's The Heart of a Woman is published. "The Heart of a Woman"
1919 - Claude McKay's "If We Must Die" is published in the July issue of Liberator.
1921 - Langston Hughes's "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is published in the June issue of The Crisis magazine.
1922 - The Book of American Negro Poetry, edited by James Weldon Johnson, is published.
1923 - Jean Toomer's Cane is published.
1925 - The New Negro, edited by Alain Locke, is published.
1925 - Countee Cullen's first volume Color is published.
1926 - Langston Hughes's first volume The Weary Blues is published by Knopf.
1926 - Langston Hughes's "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" appears in the June issue of The Nation.
1932 - Sterling A. Brown's Southern Road is published.
1937 - Margaret Walker's "For My People" is published in the number 1937 issue of Poetry magazine.
1942 - Margaret Walker's For My People, recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, is published.
1945 - Gwendolyn Brooks's A Street in Bronzeville is published by Harper & Row.
1947 - Melvin B. Tolson named poet laureate of Liberia.
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her volume Annie Allen (1949).