Famous African American Authors - List of Famous African American Authors

Many people around the world agree with the saying ‘A Pen Is Mightier Than A Sword’. Authors have undoubtedly been quite influential in changing the world to a great extent. The works of several famous works have changed governance, sparked off revolutions and led to the evolution of society in general. The contribution of African American authors in the evolution of our society has often gone unnoticed. Over the past few decades, several African American authors have impressed literature lovers with their works and some of their books even went on to become bestsellers. Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker and Ralph Ellison are a few eminent African American authors who are famous worldwide. Toni Morrison has penned several critically acclaimed novels like ‘The Bluest Eye’, ‘Sula’ and ‘Solomon’. She has been felicitated with several laurels such as the prestigious ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’, ‘Pulitzer Prize’ and ‘American Book Award’ for her immense contribution towards literature. Similarly, Alice Walker is another author who has admirers all over the world. She is best known for her acclaimed novel ‘The Color Purple’, which fetched Walker the ‘National Book Award’ as well as the ‘Pulitzer Prize For Fiction’. Alice Walker has also often raised her voice against unjust practices in the society. ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ written by Zora Neale Hurston has attained the status of a cult classic. We have compiled a list which includes the names of several eminent authors of African American descent.

Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Richard Wright are a few acclaimed African American writers.

The Most Famous African American Authors

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
August WilsonApril 27, 1945AmericanAugust Wilson is a Pulitzer Prize winning play writer, who is known to have authored the ten play series, The Pittsburgh Cycle
Oprah WinfreyJanuary 29, 1954AmericanA famous American talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey is most renowned for ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
Malcolm XMay 19, 1925AmericanMalcolm X was a renowned African-American Sunni Muslim civil rights activist
Maya AngelouApril 4, 1928AmericanMaya Angelou was a famous writer, activist, singer, and actor, known best for her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’
Huey P. NewtonFebruary 17, 1942AmericanHuey Newton was an African-American political activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party
Langston HughesFebruary 1, 1902AmericanLangston Hughes was an African-American poet who made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance
Sojourner TruthDecember 1, 1797AmericanSojourner truth was an African American abolitionist who was the first black woman to win a case against a white man
Tyler PerrySeptember 13, 1969AmericanTyler Perry is a famous American actor, author, producer and songwriter
Barack ObamaAugust 4, 1961AmericanBarack Obama was the 44th President of the United States
Ida B. WellsJuly 16, 1862AmericanIda Bell Wells-Barnett was an African-American journalist, suffragist and a civil rights activist

Barack Obama

Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States

AmericanAugust 4, 1961246 views

Angela Davis

A former leader of the Communist Party USA, Angela Davis is an American social and political activist, Scholar and writer

AmericanJanuary 26, 1944158 views

Alice Walker

Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American novelist

Ida B. Wells

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was an African-American journalist, suffragist and a civil rights activist

AmericanJuly 16, 1862246 views

Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers was a famous African-American author of novels for children and adolescents, renowned for his book ‘Monster’

AmericanAugust 12, 1937140 views

Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was a renowned national civil rights activist and early advocate for women’s suffrage movement

AmericanSeptember 23, 1863100 views

Alex Haley

Alex Haley was an American writer who rose to fame with his book ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’

AmericanAugust 11, 1921129 views

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano was a prominent Black activist who worked hard to put an end to slave trade in Britain and its colonies

Central African1745136 views