In this guide you will find materials that are written by African American authors, but also materials about African American authors. There are several academic books that focus specifically on African American literature, and in these you'll find more complete lists of authors that this guide might be missing.
Rather than splitting the authors by genre, I have split them by century.
Obviously this list isn't exhaustive, so if you feel that there are authors that should be included, please feel free to complete the form under the 'suggestions' tab. This list was compiled by gathering names from numerous reference sources as mentioned above.
I will be adding more titles as time permits.