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Major Black Writers
You don't have to look far to find great resources for major black writers—there's a wealth of material in LiteracyLink's GED and Pre-GED Connection. The list below will show you where to find works by or about some of America’s top writers.

GED Connection uses outstanding individuals from many cultures working in many fields to reach and engage students through all five content areas. Be sure to check your local television listings to see when GED Connection programs are broadcast in your community

Don't miss the LiteracyLink Forum with lawyer actor advocate GED graduate Hasan Davis. You can use his “bio poem” to explore your own words and identity.

 
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African American Literature-Overview GED Connection > Reading > Units 3 and 4, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Parts I & II > Subjects: African American Literature
Maya Angelou Reading-14: Poetry, p. 307 [Context: Understanding speaker & tone] "Harlem Hopscotch" from Just Give Me A Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die GED Connection > Reading > Units 3 & 4, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Part I & II,> Subjects: African American Literature
James Baldwin Reading-13: Fiction. Passage from Sonny's Blues
Toni Cade Bambara Reading, Posttest, p. 98, Passage from "Blues Ain't No Mockin' Bird"
Edwidge Danticat Reading-13: Fiction. Author talks about and reads from Breath, Eyes, Memory
Frederick Douglass Social Studies-17: Themes in US History (15:00). Excerpt "Why Am I a Slave?" from My Bondage and My Freedom, read by Prof. Charles Pace. Social Studies-17: Themes in US History, p. 39, "The Right to Be Free." 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
Rita Dove Reading-11: Passing the Reading Test, p. 239, [Context: Applying information to a different situation] Passage from Through the Ivory Gate, a novel
W. E. B. DuBois GED Connection > Reading > Units 3 & 4, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Part I & II, > Subjects: African American Literature
Lorraine Hansberry Reading-15: Drama p. 335 [Context: Understanding conflict] Passage from A Raisin in the Sun Reading-10: Drama, p. 89 [Context: Applying to a new situation] Passage from A Raisin in the Sun
Harlem Renaissance GED Connection > Reading > Units 3 and 4, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Parts I & II > Subjects: Harlem Renaissance
Robert Hayden Reading-14: Poetry "Those Winter Sundays" read by Sonya Sanchez Favorite Poem Project: Hayden, Poetry.org: Hayden Bio, sound file of: "Soledad".
Langston Hughes Reading-13: Fiction, p. 277 [Context: Understanding character] Passage from "Thank You, M'am" from Something in Common Favorite Poem Project: "The Poems", "The Videos" to hear Hughes' poems read aloud.
Reading-14: Poetry, p. 305 [Context: Understanding speaker & tone] "Mother to Son" from Collected Poems by Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston Reading-13: Fiction, p. 287 [Context: Understanding theme] Excerpts from Their Eyes Were Watching God Reading-8: Fiction, p.36 [Context:Setting] Excerpt from Their Eyes Were Watching God To learn more about the author's life and work, go to GED Connection > Reading > Units 3, 4, or 5 > Subjects: Zora Neale Hurston > Subjects: African American Literature > Subjects: Harlem Renaissance

Women In History: Zora Neale Hurston

Women In History: Zora Neale Hurston, extended profile

Classic Notes: About Zora Neale Hurston

Classic Notes: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Chapter One of Their Eyes Were Watching God

Bohemian Ink: Harlem Renaissance

Encyclopedia.com: Harlem Renaissance

The Red Hot Jazz Archive

Archives of Early Lindy Hop

Schomberg Center Exhibition Notes: Zora Neale Hurston

Salon: MP3 excerpt of Their Eyes Were Watching God, read by actress Ruby Dee

Library of Congress's American Folklife Center: Zora Neale Hurston Collection

Text of Hurston's "I Am Me"

Text of Hurston's "Negroes Without Self-Pity"

Jamaica Kincaid Reading-13: Fiction, pp.3-4 [Context: Identifying setting and mood] Excerpt from Lucy
Cassandra Medley Reading-10: Drama, p. 77 [Context: Picturing setting] Excerpts from Dearborn Heights
Toni Morrison Reading-13: Fiction, Identifying Narrative Point of View p.279 Excerpts from Song of Solomon Reading-8: Fiction, Conflict p.46
Motivational Speaker Visit the LiteracyLink Forum to learn about Hasan Davis, youth and arts advocate, lawyer, performer, and GED graduate.
Sonia Sanchez Reading-14: Poetry. Author talks about and reads from "Last Recording Session/for papa joe" Voices From the Gap: Women Writers of Color
Alice Walker Exerpts form Alice Walker's "Looking for Zora"
August Wilson Reading-11: Passing the Reading Test, p 243 [Context: Analyzing tone] Excerpt from The Piano Lesson Reading-10: Drama, p. 78 [Context: Picturing the scene] Excerpt from Jitney
Richard Wright Reading-10: Drama, p. 82 [Context: Picturing the action] Excerpt from Native Son by Paul Green and Richard Wright GED Connection > Reading > Unit 3 > Subjects: African American Literature
 

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