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22, 1939
St. Louis, MO
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22, 1939 (age 79)
St. Louis, MO


Poet, editor, and author of The Architecture of Language: Poems; James Baldwin: The Legacy; and Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis. He became the first Poet Laureate of California in 2002.

Before Fame

He studied at Grambling State University on an athletic scholarship. After dropping out of school, he entered the U.S. Army and lived in France. While in France, he met author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who inspired him to become a writer.


He was the director of the Malcolm X Center in Los Angeles for several years. While teaching at the University of California, San Diego, he also founded a literary magazine.

Family Life

The son of a prominent Negro League baseball player, he grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He later lived in California and finally settled in New York City with his wife Margaret.

Associated With

He co-wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, which was adapted into a film starring Will Smith.