Read a book by a Black author.

Shoutout a Black author on social media.

Share a quote by a Black author.

Donate a book by a Black author.

Write a thank you letter to a Black author.

Make a video acknowledging a Black author.

Why was this day created?

To salute and celebrate Black authors. Acknowledge the work of Black authors. National Black Authors Day exists to spotlight Black authors by honoring their work and contributions to literature. Black authors are often overlooked so this day is to highlight their work. Black books and literature impact the world every day. Black authors share invaluable knowledge via writing. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

Who created the day?

This day was submitted by Love for Words.

What day is National Black Authors Day celebrated?

This national day is celebrated on May 4th of each calendar year.

What is National Black Authors Day?

Are you Black? Are you an author? Then this day is for you! Thank you for picking up a pen or pencil. Thanks for typing your stories, thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. We applaud your courage and persistence. Your writing matters. We need your literature. Your words hold power. Enough power to change the world. Thank you for infusing your Black mind into literature that will influence the masses. You deserve to be celebrated. We salute you.

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Rochester celebrates first ever National Black Authors Day

Rochester celebrates first ever National Black Authors Day

This post was originally published on Rochester Beacon by WHAM Staff Thu, May 4th 2023, 11:28 PM EDT Rochester, N.Y. — Rochester celebrated the first ever National Black Authors Day on Thursday. The holiday was started by author and Rochester native CaTyra Polland to...

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