- NAME: Sterling Brown
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Literary Critic, Editor, Poet
- BIRTH DATE: May 01, 1901
- DEATH DATE: January 13, 1989
- Did You Know?: After a university-wide survey, Howard University Libraries' online catalog was named "Sterling" in homage to the far-reaching contributions of Sterling Brown.
- EDUCATION: Williams College, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington, D.C.
- PLACE OF DEATH: Takoma Park, Maryland
- Full Name: Sterling Allen Brown
- AKA: Sterling Brown
- Nickname: The Dean of American Negro Poets
Best Known For
African-American poet Sterling Brown is best known for writing poetry distinctly rooted in folklore and authentic black dialect. His works, including Southern Road (1932), have been widely praised for their authenticity and phonetic spelling.
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In 1979, the District of Columbia declared his birthday, May 1, Sterling A. Brown Day. "I've been rediscovered, reinstituted, regenerated and recovered," he told The Washington Post. The Collected Poems of Sterling Brown, published in 1980, won the Lenore Marshall Prize, and Brown was named Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia in 1984,
prompting the Post to note that it was a designation "[he had] held informally for most of his 83 years."
Sterling Brown died of leukemia at age 88 on January 13, 1989, in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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