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Black/African American Authors Project

In this guide you will find lists of authors, books, and other digital and print resources to complete the English 11 Black/African American authors project.

Your Assignment & Rubric for Grading

Black/African American Author Project Description & Rubric: for Sherman's English 11Corridon's English 11 and Twigg's English 11 - This is your guide to what goes into the project. Follow it closely to ensure you are meeting the highest standards for your research, writing, and documentation of sources. Please use NoodleTools to properly cite in Modern Language Association (MLA) style all images, database articles, websites, etc. Essentially, anything that is not your own words, thoughts or work must be cited.



In this guide you will find materials that are written by Black/African American authors, but also materials about Black/African American authors. There are several academic books that focus specifically on African American literature, and in these you'll find more complete lists of authors that this guide might be missing.

Rather than splitting the authors by genre, I have split them by century.


Obviously this list isn't exhaustive, so if you feel that there are authors that should be included, please feel free to Schoology message or email me at

I will be adding more titles as time permits.

Research Tips

  • Use the keywords in the 'Subject Headings' tab by copy and pasting them into one of our databases or library catalogs. This can result in precise results.
  • Once you find a book in our catalog, click the 'Browse Virtual Shelf' link at the top of the page. This will show you what books surround it on the shelf.
  • If you find a book that is extremely relevant, look at the bibliography in the back of the book. This will show what sources the author used, and can lead to more information (albiet older information).