Working Together for Library Outreach 5 in whole or part representative of some categories such as storytelling, music lyricists, and rhyming that are traditions in the development of African American writing or expression that aren’t recognized as formal writing. Each person named is listed in only one category, but some could be listed in multiple categories. Echo Brown, for example, might be listed as a story- teller, playwright, and nonfiction writer. Ta-Nehisi Coates might be listed as a journalist, novelist, and nonfiction writer. Eve L. Ewing might be listed as a nonfiction writer and a poet. The names provided here categorically list persons, living and deceased, for illustrative purposes only, as examples that programmers seeking to promote African American culture and writing may consider. A short biographical description for each person can be found in Appendix A of this book. There are many, many other writers who could be listed here. There are hundreds, even thousands, of African American per- sons who could be considered for programming. African American children’s book authors: Kwame Alexander, Virginia Hamilton, Walter Dean Myers, Jason Reynolds, Mildred Taylor, Jacqueline Woodson African American fiction writers: Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, N. K. Jemisin, Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead African American film screenwriters/producers: Julie Dash, Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, John Singleton, Lena Waithe African American storytellers and folktale writers: Augusta Baker, Ashley Bryan, Echo Brown, Gladys Caines-Coggswell, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Torrence African American graphic novelists, comic writers, and fantasy writers: Bill Campbell, Ebony Flowers, Nnedi Okorafor, David F. Walker African American hip-hop writers/spoken word and rappers: Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Queen Latifah, Gil Scott-Heron, Tupac Shakur, Saul Williams African American journalists: Robert Abbott, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Frederick Douglass, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, John H. Johnson, Ida B. Wells African American nonfiction writers: Angela Davis, Michael Eric Dyson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Abrams X. Kendi, Cornel West, Isabel Wilkerson African American orators, spokespersons, and speech writers: Martin Luther King Jr., Lucy Terry Prince, Al Sharpton, Chuck Stone, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X African America poets: Countee Cullen, Rita Dove, Eve L. Ewing, Nate Marshall, Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey African American playwrights: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Ed Bullins, Lorraine Hansberry, Lynn Nottage, Ntozake Shange, August Wilson African American songwriters: Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, James Cleveland, Thomas A. Dorsey, Dr. Dre, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Timbaland
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