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Historically, it was challenge enough for women to become published authors, and until the 1970s or so, this was especially true for African-American women writers facing the dual struggle of race and gender bias. Somewhat of a turning point came during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, during which time talented women found a more supportive and nurturing community. Here are 6 classic African-American women authors, from the Harlem Renaissance era through midcentury (and a bit beyond) worth getting to know — and reading.
Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965) is best known for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play to be written by an African-American woman that was brought to Broadway. She also wrote political essays and worked for the African-American magazine Freedom. Hansberry was a part of and wrote for the Daughters of Bilitis’ magazine The Ladder. Read More→