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Dorothy West

August 16th in African American History – Dorothy West

August 16, 1998 Dorothy West, novelist and short story writer, died. Dorothy West was born June 2, 1907 in Boston, Massachusetts. She wrote her first story at the age of seven and at the age of 14 won several local writing competitions. In 1926, West tied for second place with Zora Neale Hurston in a […]

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Octavia Estelle Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler – June 22nd in African American History

June 22, 1947 Octavia Estelle Butler, award-winning science fiction writer, was born in Pasadena, California. Butler began writing at the age of 10 and at 12 began a lifelong interest in science fiction. In 1968, she earned an associate’s degree from Pasadena City College and then participated in a number of writing workshops. Her first […]

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Nellie Walker - Nallallitea “Nella” Larsen

March 30th in African American History – Nellie Walker

March 30, 1964 Nellie Walker (also known as Nallallitea “Nella” Larsen), nurse, novelist and short story writer, died. Walker was born April 13, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, she lived for several years with her mother’s relatives in Denmark and in 1907 she briefly attended Fisk University. In 1915, Walker graduated from the […]

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