Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917 - December 3, 2000) graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago and received her Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia College. In 1950, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Annie Allen. She was named Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968. She also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Frost Medal, a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
Phillis Wheatley was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. Wikipedia
James A. Emanuel (born June 15, 1921) has published more than 300 poems, 13 books, an anthology of African American literature, an autobiography, and more. He is also credited with creating a new literary genre, jazz-and-blues haiku, often read with musical accompaniment. His doctoral dissertation (1967) was the first full-length critical study of the work of Langston Hughes by an American author and led to a close friendship with Hughes. He currently lives in France. #TodayInBlackHistory
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. A collection of her last poems was published by her husband, Robert Browning, shortly after her death.