Camara Laye was an African writer from Guinea who passed away February 4, 1980, in Dakar, Senegal. He wrote his debut novel while in college which is loosely based on his childhood entitled The African Child (L’Enfant Noir). The Radiance of the King (Le Regard Du Roi) is considered to be one of the most important works of Guinea’s colonial period.
Aaron Douglas passed away February 3, 1979. He was an African American painter and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. When given the title of Father of African American Arts, he stated, “Do not call me the Father of African American Arts, for I am just a son of Africa, and paint for what inspires me.”
Clenora Hudson-Weems was born on born February 2, 1949. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Missouri. As an African American author, she coined the term “Africana Womanism” in the 80s.