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).

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