African American Literature

Pulitzer prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks

Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave from Maryland who led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, was a leader in the abolitionist movement, and was a spy for the federal forces as well as a nurse during the Civil War.

Welcome to Professor Mitchell's Course on African American Literature 

The course is an upper-level survey covering African American literature from slave narratives through contemporary literature. Authors covered typically include Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Lucille Clifton.


Countee Cullen, born as Coleman Rutherford, was an African American poet, author and scholar who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.