"You may write me down in history / With your bitter, twisted lies, / You may trod me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I’ll rise." Maya Angelou published these lines in 1978, and they still resonate today. She's one of the many great Black female poets celebrated on this list. Some talented Black women poets write about love and heartbreak, while other famous African American poets are best known for expressing outrage at the way Black women are treated by society at large.
Who will you find on this list of the top Black female poets? The aforementioned Angelou would often perform live readings of her poetry at venues all over the world. Civil rights activist Audre Lorde is another one of the most popular female Black poets of her generation. June Jordan's first book, Who Look at Me, was a collection of children's poems. Other talented Black female poets featured on this list include Lucille Clifton, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker.
Which Black female poet do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best poets a thumbs up and share some of your favorite quotes in the comments section.
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