Professor, poet, and literary critic Sterling A. Brown was born on this day in 1901


Sterling Allen Brown. Courtesy of the Sterling A. Brown Papers, Williams College Archives & Special Collections.
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On May 1, 1901, professor, poet, and literary critic Sterling A. Brown was born in Washington, D.C. He is best known for his work in educating and inspiring young poets during his tenure at Howard University. 

Before beginning his career as a professor, Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1922 and completed a master’s degree from Harvard University. He then taught at Lincoln University and Fisk University before settling at Howard University in 1929.

Brown taught at Howard for 40 years, during which he taught poets Amiri Baraka and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Sterling A. Brown died in 1989 at 87 years old.

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