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  • 1. Countee Cullen One of the most prominent poets of the Harlem Renaissance His birth place is uncertain and was probably abandoned by his mother He came to Harlem with his paternal grandmother – Mrs. Porter – who died when he was just 15. He was then adopted by Rev. Fredrick A. Cullen, the pastor of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, Harlem’s largest congregation and who would later become the president of the NAACP
  • 2. Cullen grew-up in the epicenter of Harlempolitics, culture and artHe earned academic honors in high schooland went on to study at New YorkUniversity and Harvard UniversityHis work was influence by white academiaand his work embraced both culturesHe won many accolades and awards at ayoung age
  • 3. Countee CullenHe was critical of black writers whom heperceived put up barriers between theracesHowever, he always praised black writerswhose work he felt was exceptional andthe injustice of racial inequality was amajor theme in his workHe married Nina Yolande DeBois,daughter of W.E.B. DeBois
  • 4. Vocabulary – Dark TowerIncrement - (n.) increasing; profit; gainCountenance (v.) – to give toleranceAbject (adj.) – hopeless, miserableBeguile (v.) – to trick or charmSubtle (adj.) – delicate; difficult to perceiveor understandBrute (n.) – non-human; beastPiteous (adj.) – pitiful