Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Langston Hughes—The Prophetic Poetic Voice of the Black Experience. For many folks Langston Hughes is THE great African American Poet. Certainly he was a break out star who won wide audiences among both Blacks and Whites with gritty yet lyrical poems that unflinchingly cast a light on the Black experience—and his personal experience—in America. In doing so he opened the doors for others. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902.
Effie Lee Newsome (born Mary Effie Lee) was an important link between the Brownies’ Book (1920–1922) and works for children in the 1930s by such writers as Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps. Under W. E. B. Du Bois's editorship of the Crisis, New-some was recruited to establish a regular column where she could delight children with nature poetry, nonsense verse, and parables about the unique experience of being young and African American in the racially biased 1920s.
Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. He is regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker and the most prominent producer of race films.