Birth: Born in Eaton, Georgia. The youngest of eight children.
February 9, 1944
Fatal Accident: Shot in her right eye, partially blind and had a visible mark.
Approx. July 17, 1952
Important gift: Her mother gave her a typewriter so she could write instead of doing chores.
Approx. March 10, 1955
Motivation: After seeing the body of a murdered woman, she wanted to give hidden lives a voice in her writing.
Approx. May 13, 1957
Professor: Taught black studies and creative writing at Jackson State University and Tougaloo College.
Approx. January 8, 1968 - Approx. June 10, 1971
Once: published and written after her abortion and during her times in Africa.
Approx. March 8, 1968
Debut: The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Approx. March 12, 1970