They are the famous African-American writers who have fearlessly examined cultural stigmas, provided intimate life details, presented new ideas and created remarkable fiction through literary works. For their prophetic genius, these men and women have received Pulitzer Prizes, NAACP awards and even Nobel Prizes, among other honors. Our list of prominent African-American authors includes Toni Morrison, who has detailed the lives of black characters who struggle with identity amidst racism and hostility; Langston Hughes, a founder of the Harlem Renaissance; and Maya Angelou, who has eloquently chronicled various eras of her life through her autobiographies.
Friday's Google Doodle celebrated what would have been the 71st birthday of author Octavia E. Butler. Known for such works as 'Kindred' and the 'Parable' series, she was the first science-fiction writer to receive a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation.