an author on my tbr list: Octavia Butler --- (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer. A recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known African-American women in the field. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Banished vividly recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African Americas were driven from their homes and communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fear for their lives, black people left these towns and never returned to reclaim their property. The film features black families determined to go to any length to reconstruct their families past and gain some justice for their ancestors and themselves.
James Baldwin (1924-1987) - His autobiographical bildungsroman first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain was a pivotal advancement in the forward-thinking civil rights movement. It showcased an introspective personal tabula rasa perspective that questioned racial and sexual issues and the pressures they imposed. The playwright, essayist and novelist essentially paved the way for every post 60′s civil rights era writer on this list.
JUNE JORDAN (1936-2002) was one of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. A poet, playwright, speaker, teacher, journalist and essayist Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights political activism. Her influential voice defined the cutting edge of both American poetry and politics during the Civil Rights Movement.
Marita Odette Bonner (Occomy) was an African American writer, essayist, and playwright associated with the Harlem Renaissance Era. She attended Radcliffe University, a gifted pianist, founder of the Boston area chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and author of "Being Young-A Woman- And Colored", a 1925 essay published in The Crisis negro newsmagazine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.
Mary Shelley - (1797-1851) (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was a n English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel 'Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus' (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.
American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is among the most influential poets in American literature, and is known by many as the "Father of Free Verse." Much of his work was considered controversial during his lifetime, especially the collection Leaves of Grass, which includes sexual references many deemed obscene at the time.
Virginia Woolf 1882 - 1941 NOVELIST & ESSAYIST Not just for being an important and inventive modern novelist, but for reminding us, in A Room of One's Own, of what remarkable things women might have written throughout history if they hadn't been too burdened by household cares and society's restrictions.