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Mildred D. Taylor

Born: Sep 13, 1943

Birthplace: Jackson

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Mildred D. Taylor

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1943
Birth Place : Jackson

Mildred DeLois Taylor is an African-American writer known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African-American families in the Deep South. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi but lived there only a short amount of time, then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood. She now lives in Colorado with her daughter. She has expressed her views on the Great Depression as an economical crisis, as well as slavery. Many of her works are based on stories of her family that she heard while growing up. She has stated that these anecdotes became very clear in her mind, and in fact, once she realized that adults talked about the past, "I began to visualize all the family who had once known the land, and I felt as if I knew them, too ..." Taylor has talked about how much history was in the stories; some stories took place during times of slavery and some post-slavery. Taylor's most famous book is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. In 1977, the book won the Newbery Medal.


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Also known as

  • Mildred DeLois Taylor

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Award for Authors
  • Jane Addams Chldren''s Book Awards for Book for Older Children
  • Newbery Medal
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