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Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen, American author, teacher. Awarded Guggenheim fellowship, 1928. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Cullen, Countee was born on May 30, 1903 in New York City. Son of Frederick Asbury and Carolyn Belle (Mitchell) Cullen.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1925. A.M., Harvard, 1926.


    • Teacher Frederick Douglass Junior high school, New York City, since 1934.


    • Editor: Caroling Dusk (anthology of verse by Negro poets), 1928. Author: Color, 1925
    • Copper Sun 1927. Ballad of the Brown Girl, 1928.

      The Black Christ, 1930. One Way to Heaven, 1932. The Medea, 1935
    • The Lost Zoo, 1940.

      My Lives and How I Lost Them, 1942. St. Louis Woman (a musical in collaboration with Anna Bontempo, produced on Broadway), 1946. (poetry) On These I Stand (published posthumously), 1947.


    All human life is created by God and therefore is significant and valuable. When governments implement the capital punishment, then the life of the convicted is devalued and all possibilities of change education.


    People need to grow in relationship with God, whose love constantly prompts to transform people.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts, share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


    Member Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Ida Mae Roberson, September 27, 1940.
    • father: Frederick Asbury Cullen
    • mother: Carolyn Belle (Mitchell) Cullen
    • spouse: Ida Mae Roberson
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    Born March 30, 1903
    Died January 9, 1946
    (aged 42)