A guide for finding resources related to the African American experience. This guide highlights a variety of genres and authors (non-fiction, urban fiction, poetry, film, music, etc ) across a number of formats (print, electronic, audio/video).
Last Updated: May 24, 2017
- List of African American Authors from Wikipedia
Includes African American and non-American authors who have established Wikipedia articles. Includes but not limited to: poets, playwrighters, teachers, novelists, educators, filmmakers, journalists, screenwriters, actors, etc.
- List of African American Non-Fiction Authors from Wikipedia
Includes writers with established Wikipedia articles and are known for their writing.
- 101 Most-Influential Novels Written By African Americans
From the website blackpast.org:
BlackPast.org would like to thank Professor Lawrence P. Jackson of the English Department at Emory University for his help in compiling this list. Text sources include William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster and Trudier Harris, eds., The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001); Melvin Donaldson, Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996); Henry Louis Gates and Nellie Y. McKay, eds., The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997); Patricia Liggins Hill, ed., Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998); Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, and Carol Taylor, eds., Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999 -
- Urban Fiction Books from GoodReads
Popular Urban Fiction books! Get ideas here and then search the Davenport Public Library Online Catalog to find in your library!
Above: Alice Walker, circa 1970, Sarah Lawrence College