1. Born on August 4th, 1913 and died on February 25th, 1980.
2. Raised by foster parents in Detroit, Michigan.
3. Extremely nearsighted.
4. The first African American appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
5. Deeply religious; belonged to the Baha’i faith (an Eastern religion that believes in a coming world civilization).
6. Rejected label of “black poet” although his poetry focuses on the black experience.