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Sterling A. Brown

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Sterling Brown was born in Washington, D.C., in 1901.  Brown graduated from Williams College and in 1923 he earned his master’s in English at Harvard University. This prompted his teaching career at Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg, Fisk University in Nashville and Lincoln University in Missouri. Brown became known as “The Dean of American Negro Poets” for his pioneering work in seeking to free African-American stereotypes. In 1932, Southern Road became Mr. Brown’s first published book of poetry. Along with his poems, Brown also wrote string of essays, including: “Negro Character as Seen by White Authors” (1933), “The Negro in American Fiction” (1937) and “Negro Poetry and Drama” (1937). The Negro Caravan (1941) was an anthology that helped establish contributions African-Americans writes made to American literature as a whole.

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