7 Amazing Black Poets Who Continue to Inspire Us

The amazing culture of poetic expression in the modern world is spoken word and informs our culture in endless and various ways – and is filled with the greatness of Black artists. As we remember the giants of times past, here we list seven amazing Black poets you should be familiar with, along with a video post of their work. Please sit back and enjoy their words of inspiration

1. Amanda Gorman

2. Langston Hughes

3. Rita Dove

4. Yusef Komenyaka

5. Lucille Clifton

6. Gwendolyn Brooks

7. Maya Angelou

Who are your favorite poetic artists? What messages and meanings have they left you with that have inspired or moved you? We’d like to know – even if that person is you.

Sarah is a social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area, the traditional land of the Ohlone people. She likes to paint, drum, sing, and spend quality time with her family and God.