South Side Writers Group

Circle of African-American writers and poets formed in the 1930s in Chicago, which included Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, Margaret Walker, Fenton Johnson, Theodore Ward, Garfield Gordon, Frank Marshall Davis, Julius Weil, Dorothy Sutton, Marian Minus, Russell Marshall, Robert Davis, Marion Perkins, Arthur Bland, Fern Gayden, and Alberta Sims.

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Richard Wright (author)

American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction.

Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
A historic marker in Natchez, Mississippi, commemorating Richard Wright, who was born near the city
Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas in the Orson Welles production of Native Son (1941)
Plaque commemorating Wright's residence in Paris, at 14, rue Monsieur le Prince.
Banned Books Week reading of Black Boy at Shimer College in 2013

In 1933 Wright founded the South Side Writers Group, whose members included Arna Bontemps and Margaret Walker.

Margaret Walker

American poet and writer.

She was a member of the South Side Writers Group, which included authors such as Richard Wright, Arna Bontemps, Fenton Johnson, Theodore Ward, and Frank Marshall Davis.

Frank Marshall Davis

American journalist, poet, political and labor movement activist, and businessman.

He also played a role in the South Side Writers Group in Chicago, and is considered among the writers of the Black Chicago Renaissance.

Chicago Black Renaissance

Creative movement that blossomed out of the Chicago Black Belt on the city's South Side and spanned the 1930s and 1940s before a transformation in art and culture took place in the mid-1950s through the turn of the century.

DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago's Washington Park

The South Side Writers Group was a writing circle of several authors and poets from the time of the Chicago Black Renaissance.