Phillis Wheatley was the first known African American poet and the first known female African American to publish a book. Her writings helped create African American Literature. She was bought at 17 by the Wheatley family who taught her how to read and write. Many white Americans didn’t believe an African could write poetry so they examined Wheatley in court later concluding that the poems she wrote were hers. "In my library." #TheTravelingMan michaelpking.org
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1773 - PHILLIS WHEATLEY - LITERATURE ---The first known African American woman published. --- African-American poet: 1753 - December 5, 1784. As illustrated by Scipio Moorhead on the front page of her book 'Poems on Various Subjects'. (Culture Club/Getty Images)
Langston Hughes, a Harlem Renaissance poet, helped pave the way for African American writers to be heard in the 1900's with his first published book "The Weary Blues" which was published in 1926. This was yet another way that Modernist literature was creating a new atmosphere in American Society.