Countee Culllen was born on May 30, 1903, and was recognized as an award-winning poet by his high school years. He published his acclaimed debut volume of poetry such as, "Color", "Hey Black Child", "Copper Sun" and "The Ballad of the Brown Girl". Also a noted novelist, playwright, and children's author, Cullen later worked as a high school teacher.
From 1918-1921, Cullen attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he edited the school newspaper and literary magazine and won a city-wide poetry competition. He went on to attend New York UNIVERSITY, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1925 and won the Witter Bynner Poetry PRIZE.
He graduated with a master's from Harvard University in 1926 and subsequently joined the editorial staff of OPPORTUNITY magazine, penning the column "Dark Tower," which was a review of works from the African-American literati. He later died on January 9, 1946 as one of the most influential men during the Harlem Renissance.Read More