Black Poetry Day | October 17
Tue Oct 17th

Black Poetry Day

On October 17th, Black Poetry Day honors both old and present black poets. The day also commemorates the birth of the first published black poet in the United States. Jupiter Hammon was born in Long Island, New York, on October 17th, 1711.


The day honors the importance of black heritage and literacy. It also acknowledges black poets' contributions and praises black authors.

Take up a quiet spot at the library to read many of the world's best black poets. Or find a poetry reading at a nearby bookstore, cultural, or arts center, such as the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The Furious Flower's name is based on a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, which is the first center of its kind in the United States. They also have a growing collection of resources, offer workshops, and so much more.

How to celebrate black poetry day is a mystery

In your living room, front step, or in the break room, Host a poetry slam. You should try a black poet you know. Attend a poetry reading or post your own poetry. Pick up some poetry by black poets. Explore Jessie Redmon Fauset, Robert Hayden, Wanda Phips, or Arna Bontemps' poetry. If you're celebrating, be sure to use #BlackPoetryDay to post on social media.

History of black poetry day has a black poetry day

In 1985, Black Poetry Day was established in the United States to celebrate the birth of the first Black poet to be published in the United States, Jupiter Hammon. The poet is regarded as the father of African American Literature by the poet. Hammon was born into slavery, received an education, learned to read, and was given the use of the manor library.

Black poetry FAQ

Q. Who are some well-known Black poets?

A. Several Black poets come to mind. Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Terrance Hayes are only a few of the talented poets who express their spirit through poetry.

Q. Have there been Black Poet Laureates?

A. Yes. Yes. Robert Hayden was the first Black Poet Laureate (at the time, the title was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress). Others include Others. Tracy K. Smith is a student at the University of On the morning, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Tracy K. Smith appeared.