Famous Black Poets - List of Famous Black Poets

Despite experiencing racism, the Blacks excelled in every field be it education, music or art. Their poetry is an inspiration to generations and generations of poets and races that still face racism. Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who composed “Praise Song for the Day” poem for the inauguration of President Barack Obama is the 1st one to receive the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship. Her books The Venus Hottentot, Body of Life, Antebellum Dream Book, and American Sublime are quite famous. Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black poets to bag the Pulitzer Prize in poetry motivates the contemporary poets. Lucille Clifton, the Afro-American poet known for her poems on spirituality, womanhood and African-American identity won the National Book Award. Rita Dove, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Saeed Jones, Jean Toomer and Langston Hughes are some of the greatest black poets. Continue reading to know more about the famous Black poets of all time.

The Most Famous Black Poets

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
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’
Langston HughesFebruary 1, 1902AmericanLangston Hughes was an African-American poet who made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance
Gwendolyn BrooksJune 7, 1917AmericanGwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize
Robert HaydenAugust 4, 1913AmericanRobert Hayden was an American poet who wrote the famous poem, “Those Winter Sundays”
James Weldon JohnsonJune 17, 1871AmericanJames Weldon Johnson is credited with lot of firsts in his lifetime
Amiri BarakaOctober 7, 1934AmericanPoet and political activist, Amiri Baraka was one of the most influential African-American writers
James BaldwinAugust 2, 1924AmericanJames Baldwin was an American writer and social critic, best known for his debut novel, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’
Claude McKaySeptember 15, 1889Jamaican, AmericanClaude McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet who was amongst the major figures in the Harlem Renaissance
Alice WalkerFebruary 9, 1944AmericanAlice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American novelist
Lucille CliftonJune 27, 1936AmericanLucille Clifton was an award winning African-American poet, writer and educator whose works focused on the lives of blacks and women

Alice Walker

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

Claude McKay

Claude McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet who was amongst the major figures in the Harlem Renaissance

JamaicanSeptember 15, 1889170 views

Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton was an award winning African-American poet, writer and educator whose works focused on the lives of blacks and women

AmericanJune 27, 1936127 views

Amiri Baraka

Poet and political activist, Amiri Baraka was one of the most influential African-American writers

AmericanOctober 7, 1934194 views

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize

AmericanJune 7, 1917277 views

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was a famous writer, activist, singer, and actor, known best for her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’

AmericanApril 4, 1928297 views

Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden was an American poet who wrote the famous poem, “Those Winter Sundays”

AmericanAugust 4, 1913219 views

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an African-American poet who made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance

James Baldwin

James Baldwin was an American writer and social critic, best known for his debut novel, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

AmericanAugust 2, 1924173 views

James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson is credited with lot of firsts in his lifetime

AmericanJune 17, 1871204 views