The Loom 

Shella Gillus
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Lydia was a common slave with a common life until the day she entered a world no slave had gone before. Pale skin and deceit opened the door to wealth and a power she had only dreamed of. But what she didn’t count on was falling in love. What she didn’t realize was life was not always black or white.

The Negro Poet Laureate 

James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he waAt 13, he settled with his mother and her new husband in Ohio. Following graduation, he spent a year at Columbia University afterwards traveling and holding a series of odd jobs.

Hughes's first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. In 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature.

Octavia Butler 

Kindred, will always be one of my favorite books, because it so vividly illustrated the link between myself and those who have come before me, making me question who I am and who I would have been had I been born at another time and in another place.