Brown, Sterling (1901–1989)
Brown was born in Washington, D.C., and educated at Dunbar High School, Williams College, and Harvard. He was a distinguished academic and writer whose poetry was influenced by black music such as jazz, spirituals, and the blues. He taught at Howard University, Lincoln University, and Fisk University. He is also known for his literary and poetic works, which include Southern Road (1932) and No Hiding Place (1980). In 1984, The District of Columbia named him its first poet laureate.