Black Poetry Day

Hi everyone, today is to celebrate black poetry day and remember those of past and present poets. It doesn’t matter what our skin colour, race, nationality or culture is. We should all be proud of our accomplishments, but never forgetting where we came from or how we got where we are today.

Black Poetry Day is a special day for us all to remember and celebrate all those that contributed to the world of poetry. This is an important day to remember, and show how important these amazing poets have made on the world of literature today.

Every year on this day October 17 we get to celebrate Black Poetry Day. This is a time when we should consider such poets as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, George Moses Horton, Phillis Wheatley, and Zadie Smith.

This is a day to stop, and appreciate how these authors came to be, by celebrating not only them as poets but by their history too.

History

Today’s national holiday came about, when it was first proposed by Stanley A. Ransom, he wanted us to be able to celebrate black culture, their life and heritage. Black Poetry Day was given this specific day as it marked the birthday of Jupiter Hammon the first African-American Poet to be published that was from Long Island and who had been born into slavery in 1711. His poetry was first published on Christmas Day, with the poem “An Evening Thought.”

Today it is now celebrated all across the world. It is especially celebrated within the United States, but Oregon is the only state to have it as a holiday.

Famous Black Poets Include:
  • Claude McKay
  • Zadie Smith
  • Langston Hughes
  • René Maran
  • Kwame Dawes
  • Maya Angelou
  • George Moses Horton
  • Phillis Wheatley (one of the first female black poets)
  • Alfred Schaffer
  • Malika Booker
  • Henry Lawson
  • Judith Wright
  • Léon-Gontran Damas
  • Rita Dove (the first African-American Poet laureate)
  • Mike Gayle
  • Merle Collins
  • Ben Okri
  • Jacob Ross

These are just a mere few of the many important poets that are out there in the literary world, there is to many to count and list within this article, but I dedicate this to all to the black poets out there that have influenced millions, if not billions of people worldwide, and this is why it should be celebrated all around the world. Keep writing and we appreciate all that you have done now and what you will do in the future.

Have a great day and I will see you all next week!

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