Rita Dove

Rita Dove

Celebrating Black History Month: African-American female firsts
1993 – RITA DOVE – LITERATURE – First African-American woman and the youngest person to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. — Rita Dove, the Library of Congress’ Poet Laureate Consultant for the 1993-94 literary season, meets reporters at the library in Washington, Oct. 6, 1993. Dove became the seventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and succeeds Mona Van Duyn, (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

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