Black Poetry Day

  • When: Thursday, October 17, 2013, midnight to midnight
  • Where: Your Community
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Categories: Community

Jupiter Hammon, was the first African American poet to publish his own verse, was born on October 17, 1711. Hammon, a slave, was allowed to learn how to read and use his master’s library.

On Christmas Day, 1760, he published his first poem, “An Evening Thought,” at the age of 49. He went on to publish other poems and a number of prose pieces as well.

Black Poetry Day was first proposed in 1970 by Stanley A. Ransom who was concerned that there were no celebrations to honor the contributions African Americans have made to American life and culture.

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