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Pioneers of Freedom of Speech: 12 Black Writers You Should Know

From the Harlem Renaissance to present day, these authors and journalists elevated the voices of their people.

Never before in this modern age, has the discussion of freedom of speech been so important. 

With a president that has a contentious relationship with the media, writers and journalists have become incredibly vocal about the importance of reporting the truth. In the African American community, there’s a rich history of documenting our experience in prose, non-fiction novels and journalism. From Maya Angelou to Isabel Wilkerson, these authors have all made a profound impact on Black communities by giving a voice to our experiences. 

Below, we highlight a dozen Black writers who used the power of the pen and prose to influence generations.