Texas Tech University

Celebrating Black History: Literature

African American poets, novelists, writers, creators have contributed to a large body of literature in the United States since the late 18th century. Beginning with spiritual and slave narratives, African American voices have added dimension, depth, rhythm, tone, and timbre to the diverse writings on the American experience.

Ralph Ellison

Nikki Giovanni

Toni Morrison Bio: short story "Recitatif"


James Baldwin


Toni Morrison with Stephen Colbert


Ross Gay