Black History project

Derek Walcott

Both of his grandmothers were the descendents of slaves. Walcott moved to Trinidad in 1953 to work as a theatre and art critic. When he was 18, he made his debut with 25 poems. His breakthrough came with the collection of poems, "In a Green Night" in 1962. In Trinidad, Walcott is a writer and in Boston University, he teaches literature and creative writing.

Descendent: A person or animal that is descended from a specific ancestor; an offspring.

Critic: A person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like, especially for a newspaper or magazine.

Literature: Writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays.

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Lewis Latimer

Latimer worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. His brother and sister escaped slavery in Virginia 6 years before Latimer was born. His father, George Latimer, was captured in Boston and brought to trial as a fugitive. Latimer was the person who actually invented the lightbulb, not Thomas Edison. Latimer also invented the telephone.

Fugitive: A person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway

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