Baby Boomer (1946–1964)

By Howard Rambsy II

Baby Boomers, people born between 1946 and 1964, include many accomplished Black novelists such as Octavia Butler (b. 1947), Charles Johnson (b. 1948), Gayl Jones (b. 1949), Gloria Naylor (b. 1950), Edward P. Jones (b. 1951), Walter Mosely (b. 1952), and Paul Beatty (b. 1962), to name some of the authors. Baby Boomers came of age during the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement.

The rise of feminism during the 1960s and 1970s undoubtedly shaped the outlooks of several prominent figures who emerged during that period and subsequent decades. Ntozake Shange (b. 1948), Pearl Cleage (b. 1948), Jones, Naylor, Terry McMillan (b. 1951), and Bebe Moore Campbell (b. 1950) benefited from expansive Black women readerships.