Bontemps, Arna, 1902-1973


Wikipedia 29 Oct. 2012. "Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps (October 13, 1902 June 4, 1973) was an American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance. Bontemps was born in the city of Alexandria, Louisiana, on October 13, 1902 to Charlie Bontemps and Marie Pembrooke Bontemps, a Louisiana Creole family. When he was three, his family moved to Los Angeles, California, in the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South to cities of the North, Midwest and West. They settled in what became known as the Watts district. After attending public schools, Bontemps graduated from Pacific Union College in California in 1923...After graduation, he went to New York to teach at Harlem Academy. In New York Bontemps became an important contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, where he met many lifelong friends including Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes. Hughes became a role model, collaborator, and dear friend to Bontemps. Bontemps returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Chicago in 1943. He was appointed as head librarian at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. In that position for nearly a quarter of a century, he developed important collections and archives of African-American literature and culture, namely the Langston Hughes Renaissance Collection."

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