Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Lucille Clifton and Black History Month
I've been thinking about doing a few posts for Black History Month as it's winding down... but you know what? I've been through all of my vintage books and although I have a ton of really wonderful books written about Africans or the African American experience, none of them were actually penned by black people. I almost couldn't find any that were published before 1990. Thus, back to my internal debate over the lack of diversity in vintage books continues, one that sadly I'm not schooled enough on to argue. So... in lieu of a formal African American History Month post, I'm putting a question out there to any of you historians in the house. Who was the first black author/illustrator for children who broke through? The only one I can think of would be Lucille Clifton, an amazing poet and writer who passed away on Saturday. Who were the others published before her?