BLACK VOICES

20 Black Poets You Should Know (And Love)

Langston Hughes, poet, novelist, and playwright, is pictured in this February 15, 1961 photo. (AP Photo)
Langston Hughes, poet, novelist, and playwright, is pictured in this February 15, 1961 photo. (AP Photo)

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets dubbed April National Poetry Month to celebrate the richness of American poetry. In its honor, here are 20 black American poets who have shown brilliance in their art and service to the community.

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