May 8 Birthday – Phyllis Wheatley, A VOICE OF HER OWN: THE STORY OF PHYLLIS WHEATLEY, SLAVE POET
Phyllis Wheatley, poet
May 8, 1753-Dec. 5, 1784
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phyllis Wheatley by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Paul Lee (Candelwick, 2003).
The life story of the first African American woman poet. At age seven, she was kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America and sold to the Wheatley family.