Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen, noted Harlem Renaissance poet, graduated from NYU in 1925. While a student at NYU’s University Heights campus, Cullen completed his renowned “Ballad of the Brown Girl” and published his first book of poetry, Color. Color later earned Cullen the Harmon Foundation’s first gold medal for literature in 1927. The NYU Archives still retains Cullen’s senior thesis, “The Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay: an appreciation.”

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