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.

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