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25 Writers Who Have Shaped My World (and My World View)

March 13th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

African American students reading together at an elementary school in Washington, D.C., 1942.

(Source: Library of Congress)


Villager tagged me about 25 writers who shaped my world, and so I’ve come up with the following names. The last 5 are names of a handful of the writers who have helped shape my world view about race and education, and I’ve included the book titles for the authors in that section. A shout out to Villager for bringing this meme to my attention. Check out Electronic Village, his amazing blog on Black issues and current events.


25 Writers Who Have Shaped My World (and My World View):

  1. Toni Morrison
  2. Ntozake Shange
  3. Edward P. Jones
  4. Richard Wright
  5. Charles Chesnutt
  6. bell hooks
  7. W.E.B. DuBois
  8. Patricia Hill Collins
  9. Fran Leibowitz
  10. Lisa Birnbach
  11. Octavia Butler
  12. Herbert R. Kohl
  13. Bruce Jackson
  14. Randy Shilts
  15. Audre Lorde
  16. Michael Pollan
  17. Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens
  18. Charles Johnson
  19. James Frey
  20. Samuel Delaney
  21. Michael Thomas (in Man Gone Down)
  22. Michael Datcher (in Raising Fences)
  23. Malcolm Gladwell (in Outliers)
  24. Frederick Douglass (in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass)
  25. Asali Solomon (in Get Down)

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in Books, Education

2 Responses

  1. Clnmike

    This list fits you.

  2. Color Online

    Great list! Thank you for your kind words at EC. Please come by Color Online. Love to hear from you.