Great Black Authors
Inspirational Black Literature (I.B.L) offers you an exclusive range of some of the greatest Black authors in classic literature, profiles on their individual styles and narrative. Originality and an exclusive collection of classic black authors give you the opportunity to find the authors we most admire.
Whether for the purpose of research, academic papers or a genuine love and admiration of the beautiful, the challenging, and the ground-breaking you will find a colourful array of novels. Our selection presents inspirational figures, such as, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison to name a few.
The narrative of Olaudah Equiano, who is considered to have written the first Black autobiography and influenced contributions to the genre from Booker T. Washington, W.E B Du Bois, Richard Wright and others, is just one example of the sincerity I.B.L offers to the serious students of Black literature. While emancipation, freedom, struggle, renaissance and radicalism are often weaved within the fabric of inspirational Black literature there is often the beauty of prose and narrative style to be appreciated and that is another consideration of the authors and their novels selected by us.
The poetry of Phyliss Wheatley, born free in Senegal and kidnapped at the age of five by slave traders bound for Boston, is a featured author who provides a popular style of poetry from the 1700’s as well as leading the most encouraging existence. Frederick Douglass, ex-slave, fugitive and abolitionist is another passionate, eloquent author whose experiences fuelled his passionate words and opposition to slavery.
Modern, popular Black literature – Andrea Levy, a young black British woman, provides an insight into the less documented British Black experience and is accompanied by other more recent works. There is a comprehensive source of Black authors to navigate through; however, we welcome any comments, suggestions or feedback on any additional inspirational Black authors and their works you would like to see included on the site.