Sir William Arthur Lewis (Jan. 23, 1915 – June 15, 1991)
Lewis is the only Black person to have won the Nobel Prize in Economics. He is known for his Lewis model and the theory of economic growth. Lewis was awarded the prize in 1979.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)
King became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. King is remembered for many things, including the March on Washington, Selma marches and Montgomery bus boycott. He was an advocate of nonviolence and civil disobedience. In October 1964, he was awarded the prize.
Sci-fi and fantasy are two genres dominated by white, male voices. It can be extremely exhausting to see the same themes written by people with the same or similar perspectives. Here are seven prominent African-American women working in these two genres who have made a name for themselves by telling unique stories.
N. K. Jemisin
Jemisin found acclaim after the release of her first novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. She has been short-listed for major awards in such a young career and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
Okorafor writes African-based science fiction stories and children’s books. Her novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. Her works include Akata Witch, Zahrah the Windseeker, The Shadow Speaker and a children’s book Long Juju Man. She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.