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Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes
Poetry has always been a way to express feelings of joy, sorrow, outrage, humor and hope.

The poetry of the black community in America is no exception. Whether the verses were put down to accompany music or as stand-alone literature, there is a power captured in the words that can send your heart soaring or bring tears to your eyes.

On the Web, check out top sites featuring the best of Black American poetry and literature, along with memorable black history quotes both humorous and insightful...

 

More Resources for Black History Month

Famous African-Americans | Black History Lesson Plans

Black History Resources

also see in Holidays -> MLK Day | President's Day


More about black poems and poets around the Web:

The Poetry and Lyrics of the African American Registry - A selection of African American poetry arranged by author under the categories: Celebration of Blackness; Family; Freedom; Healing; Love; Rituals: Music, Dance, Sports. You'll find familiar names such as Marian Anderson, Thelonious Monk, Maya Angelou and many others that may surprise you...

Poets.org - Black History - A treasure trove of information and featured poems by some of the most famous and little known black poets with related discussions, history, bios, videos, audio poems, lesson plans.

A Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance - This article focuses on the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling A. Brown, Countee Cullen, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay and Jean Toomer and includes their major works. There are some other good resources on the site as well, just use the search and enter African-American or Harlem...

 

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