[By Howard Rambsy]
1970 – The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publisher.
1971 - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines is published.
1972 – Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed is published and becomes, along with Flight to Canada (1976), one of Reed’s most critically acclaim works.
1974 – The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, a television movie based on the novel by Ernest Gaines, is broadcast on CBS.
1975 - Corregidora by Gayl Jones is published.
1976 – Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley is published.
1976 – Flight to Canada by Ishmael Reed is published. The novel becomes, along with Mumbo Jumbo (1972), one of Reed’s most critically acclaimed works.
1977 – Roots, the television mini-series, based on Alex Haley’s novel, airs on ABC, on January 23 – 30.
1977 – Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison is chosen as a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. The novel assists in giving Morrison national attention.
1979 – Kindred by Octavia Butler is published. The novel, which is based on time travel and slavery, assists in bringing Butler attention beyond the genre of science fiction.
1980 – The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara is published.
1982 – The Color Purple by Alice Walker is published.
1982 – The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor is published.
1983 – Alice Walker wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Color Purple.
1985 – Steven Spielberg produces and directs The Color Purple, a film based on Alice Walker’s novel.