Authors birthdays: August

Sharon Mills Draper (born August 21, 1948) is an American children’s writer and a professional educator, the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She is a six-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience. She may be known best for her novel, Darkness Before Dawn, as well as The Battle of Jericho. Other books include Copper Sun, Double Dutch, Out of My Mind, the Jericho Trilogy and Romiette and Julio.

Draper won the Margaret A. Edwards Award from American Library Association in 2015. The annual award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work for “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. The judges cited six novels that were published from 1994 to 2007: Tears of a Tiger, Forged by Fire, and Darkness Before Dawn (the Hazelwood trilogy); The Battle of Jericho, November Blues, and Copper Sun.

  • Hélène Kaziende –  15 August 15, 1967
  • Gérard Aké Loba – 15 August 1927 – died 3 August 2012
  • Wallace Henry Thurman – 16 August 1902–died 1934
  • Samuel Alfred Beadle – 17 August 1857 –died 1932
  • Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. – 17 August 1887 – died 10 June 1940
  • Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké – 17 August 1837 –died 23 July 1914
  • Mwatabu S. Okantah – 18 August 1952
  • Mat Johnson – 19 August 1970
  • Albert Lincoln “Al” Roker Jr.  – 20 August 1954
  • Sharon Mills Draper – 21 August 1948
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