Countee Cullen - May 12th

Countee Cullen --- the Harlem Renaissance era poet, anthologist, novelist, translator, children's writer, playwright and teacher was 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 when he was about 15. He was taken in by Reverend and Mrs. Cullen, whose name he eventually took. Countee was a great student who earned a Bachelors degree from New York University and a Masters degree in English and French from Harvard in 1927! He won more major literary prizes than any other black writer of the 1920s and was the second black to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Notables: acclaimed writer James Baldwin was a student of Cullen's and Cullen had a brief marriage to W.E.B. DuBois' only child.

Countee Cullen

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