The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader (African American History) by David Levering Lewis: Gathering a representative sampling of the New Negro Movement's most important figures, and providing substantial introductory essays, headnotes, and brief biographical notes, Lewis' volume—organized chronologically—includes the poetry and prose of Sterling Brown, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon...
Poet Countee Cullen March 28, 1925 Poet Countee Cullen wins Phi Beta Kappa honors at New York University. Countee Cullen (May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946) was an African-American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name "Coun-tay," not "Coun-tee
Countee Cullen was born on May 30, 1903 in Louisville, Kentucky. At 15 was adopted by Rev. F.A. Cullen, minister of a large Harlem congregation. Cullen won a citywide poetry contest as a schoolboy, and the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize at NYU. In 1928, he married the daughter of W.E.B. Du Bois. Among Cullen's works are Black Christ, Copper Sun, and The Ballad of the Brown Girl. He died in 1946.
African American Poetry. Co-editors Arnold Rampersad and Marcellus Blount--both towering figures in literary criticism--have put together an impressive anthology that will open up a world of wonderful word images for children. The classic poems come from some of the most influential and celebrated African-American writers in history, including Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, Lucille Clifton, and James Baldwin. $14.95
Introduce your students to a wonderful part of American history-the birth of African American literature with the Harlem Renaissance! This curriculum unit will take at least two weeks and consists of six Power Points and twelve handouts. Included are lessons on the following Harlem Renaissance writers: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, and Lorraine Hansberry.
Countee Cullen, poet and one of the leading figures in the Harlem Renaissance. He won numerous prizes for his poems. In 1925, his first book of poems was published titled Color. He was also an editor for the magazine Opportunity and taught French and English. He encouraged another writer, James Baldwin, when they met at Frederick Douglass Junior High School where Cullen was a teacher.
Cullen was possibly abandoned by his mother, and reared by a woman named Mrs. Porter, who was probably his paternal grandmother. Porter brought young Countee to Harlem when he was nine. She died in 1918. No known reliable information exists of his childhood until 1918 when he was taken in, or adopted, by Reverend and Mrs Frederick A. Cullen of Harlem, New York City. The Reverend was the local minister, and founder, of the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church.