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African-American literature, and who already have Wikipedia articles. The list also includes non-American authors and writers of African descent.
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A [edit ] B [edit ] C [edit ] D [edit ] E [edit ] F [edit ] G [edit ] Ernest Gaines (born 1933), fiction writer Marcus Garvey Tony Gaskins, Motivational, Inspirational, Self-help writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Nikki Giovanni Roy Glenn (fiction writer of Is It A Crime, Payback, and others) Donald Goines Marita Golden Charles Gordone (1925–1995), playwright Lawrence Otis Graham Pamela Thomas-Graham Eloise Greenfield (born 1929), children's book author Sam Greenlee Dick Gregory Sutton E. Griggs Angelina Weld Grimke Charlotte Forten Grimké John Langston Gwaltney, anthropologist, author of Drylongso Rosa Guy (1922–2012) Gabriel Okara H [edit ] J [edit ] K [edit ] L [edit ] M [edit ] N [edit ] O [edit ] P [edit ] R [edit ] Aishah Rahman, playwright Alice Randall Dudley Randall Francis Ray, fiction, romance, mainstream,women's fiction Andy Razaf Ishmael Reed (born 1938), poet, essayist and novelist Willis Richardson (1889–1977), playwright Carolyn Rodgers, poet Octavia V. Rogers Albert Al Roker Fran Ross Carl Hancock Rux poet, essayist, playwright, novelist R [edit ] Aishah Rahman, playwright Alice Randall Dudley Randall Francis Ray, fiction, romance, mainstream,women's fiction Andy Razaf Ishmael Reed (born 1938), poet, essayist and novelist Willis Richardson (1889–1977), playwright Carolyn Rodgers, poet Octavia V. Rogers Albert Al Roker Fran Ross Carl Hancock Rux poet, essayist, playwright, novelist S [edit ] T [edit ] V [edit ] W [edit ] Dwyane Wade Alice Walker (born 1944) Margaret Walker Frank X. Walker, founding member of Affrilachian poets Christopher George Latore Wallace Eric Walrond (1898–1966) Marilyn Nelson Waniek Douglas Turner Ward Booker T. Washington Carl Weber Ida B. Wells (1862–1931) Richard Wesley, playwright, screenwriter Valerie Wilson Wesley Cornel West Dorothy West Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784), first published African-American poet Walter Francis White (1893–1955) Colson Whitehead, novelist ( The Intuitionist) and journalist Steven Whitehurst (born 1967), award-winning author Albery Allson Whitman (1851–1901) an African-American poet, minister and orator Anthony Whyte John Edgar Wideman Crystal Wilkinson Chancellor Williams John Alfred Williams Samm-Art Williams, playwright Sherley Anne Williams Walter E. Williams August Wilson Harriet E. Wilson, author of Our Nig and the first African-American novelist William Julius Wilson, author of When Work Disappears, The Truly Disadvantaged, and The Declining Significance of Race Oprah Winfrey Carter G. Woodson Jay Wright, poet Kelly Wright, author of Outed Obsession and Fatal Fixation Richard Wright X [edit ] Y [edit ] Z [edit ] See also [edit ] References [edit ]