Who Are Some Popular Black Authors?


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Maya Angelou, Alex Haley and Toni Morrison are popular black authors. These are African American authors who have written about cultural stigmas and brought interesting ideas to the forefront. They have won many awards, such as Pulitzer Prizes and Nobel Prizes.

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Maya Angelou was sometimes called the spokesman for women and African Americans. She wrote many books, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which is the first best selling nonfiction book by a black woman and a Pulitzer Prize nominated poetry collection called "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die." She also won two NAACP Image Awards for outstanding literary work in 2005 and 2009.

Alex Haley wrote about the struggle of African Americans and created interest in Black history. He wrote "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a television miniseries that was seen by 130 million people.

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, professor and editor. She is said to be the voice of African American women. Her books include "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Song of Solomon" and "Beloved," which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.

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