Born in Louisiana, Arna Bontemps by profession was a librarian (at Fisk University).
In addition to poetry, he published a number of novels and works of childrens
fiction. One Hundred Years of Negro Freedom (1961), is a widely heralded
- Arna Bontemps African
American Museum and Cultural Arts Center
- This site provides not only information on Arna Bontemps' life and works,
but also an impressive number of links to further information and resources regarding
African American history and cultural arts in Louisiana and elsewhere.
- Modern American Poetry site for Arna Bontemps
Brief Chronology of African American Literature
- This site, part of the San Antonio College LitWeb, provides a fine timeline
of the literary contributions of African-Americans. It provides a valuable context
for African American Literature as a separate literary genre.
History and Culture
- This site, maintained by the Library of Congress, provides an illustrated
guide to many of manuscripts associated with African-American history and culture
in this country.
"A Black Man Talks of Reaping"