Benjamin Griffith Brawley: April 22, 1882 – birthday of African American professor and historian – This Week in Black History – Brief Article
April 18, 1983
Alice Walker, essayist, poet, novelist and social activist, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Color Purple on this day. She is ranked among the best of contemporary American writers.
April 19, 1970
Melba Moore, actress, won a Tony Award for distinguished achievement as a supporting actress in the musical Purlie on this day.
April 19, 1972
Maj. Gen. Frederic E. Davidson assumed command of the 8th Infantry Division in Europe and became the first Black to lead an Army division on this day.
April 22, 1882
Benjamin Griffith Brawley, master professor, dean, and historian was born in Columbia, SC, on this day. Brawley served as a professor of English at Howard University, Morehouse College and Shaw University. His principle concern during his career was the intellectual and social development of his people. All of his written works strove to inspire his Black audience and enlighten White America to the Black experience by appealing to its sense of justice and truth. He wrote many book reviews, 6 booklets of poems, 23 scholarly articles and 17 books including: A Social History of the American Negro, The Negro in Literature and Art, and A Short History of the English Drama.
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