By Amy Sickels
African-American authors have additional their voices to the yank literary tapestry via riveting works. African-American Writers discusses the proven authors and newly rising voices that experience made lasting contributions to American literature. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Gloria Naylor are profiled besides their vital works which are in most cases assigned in school rooms this day.
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