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15 Dates of Importance, 1986 – 1995

[By Kenton Rambsy]
 
1986
A second adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son is made
with Victor Love playing the role of Bigger Thomas and Oprah Winfrey playing
his mother, Mrs. Thomas. 
1988
Toni Morrison wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel
Beloved.

1989

Donna Deitch directs the television mini-series The Women of Brewster’s Place based on Gloria Naylor’s novel. The
mini-series stars Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, and Jackée.
1990

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter
Mosley is published.
1990

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson is
published.
1990 – Charles Johnson is awarded the National Book Award for Fiction for Middle Passage. During his acceptance
speech, Johnson acknowledged the 1953 winner of the award Ralph Ellison, who
was in the audience. 
1992- Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan is published.
1993 – Ernest J Gaines A Lesson
Before Dying
is published by Knopf Publishing group.
1993 – Ernest J Gaines A Lesson Before
Dying
wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
1993 – Toni Morrison wins the Nobel Prize for literature.
1994Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
is published.    
1995 – Carl Franklin directs Devil in
a Blue Dress
based on Walter Mosley’s novel. The film stars Denzel
Washington. 
1995 – Forest Whitaker directs Waiting to Exhale based on Terry McMillan’s novel. The film stars Whitney Houston and
Angela Bassett.
1995
– Carl Franklin directs Devil in a Blue
Dress
based on Walter Mosley’s novel. The film stars Denzel Washington.
1995
Octavia Bulter becomes the first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur
Foundation “Genius” Grant.