Most Notable Black Writers Quiz

Here’s how to play…Identify the author and leave a comment with the # and the name and I’ll cross it off the list. No Googling, that’s cheating and no fun! 

1. She was born Marguerite Johnson and became the first woman San Francisco streetcar conductor, but she is well known for her poetry and especially the first volume in her autobiography about caged birds.  Maya Angelou, Mark

2. After his 20 year career in the Coast Guard he wrote a book about Roots and also an autobiography about someone else, let’s call him X.  Alex Haley, Kathy

3. He published only one novel during his lifetime (about a man who wasn’t there) and it won the National Book Award in 1953.  Ralph Ellison, Jason

4. He has written a series of best-selling mysteries featuring detective Easy Rawlins- played by Denzel Washington in the movie.  Walter Mosley

5. In 1937 she published her most famous book (about watching God), but because of money problems she was buried in an unmarked grave in Florida.  Zora Neale Hurston

6. He was the grandson of the first black American elected to public office in 1855 and his first published poem ‘The Negro Speaks of Rivers’ was also his most famous.  Langston Hughes

7. When she was eight she lost the sight in one eye when one of her brothers shot her with a bb gun, but that didn’t stop her from winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for a book about a color.  Alice Walker

8. He was a Pentecostal preacher when he was still a teen, but left the church when his writing began exploring sexuality; his novel about telling it on the mountain was semi-autobiographical.  James Baldwin

9. She was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 and her novel  about a loved one won the Pulitzer in 1988.  Toni Morrison

10. He just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2004 in novel about a world we all know.  Edward P Jones