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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou

African American writers and poets have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details and created remarkable literary works. Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks and others have earned Pulitzer Prizes, NAACP awards and Nobel Prizes, among other honors. 



Illustration: Jacob Lawrence, The Library, 1960, tempera on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.24

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