February 25

Russell Atkins

Russell Atkins (born February 25, 1926) U.S. poet, editor, composer

Read about Russell Atkins here and here and here

George Schuyler

George Schuyler (born February 25, 1895) U.S. novelist, journalist, essayist – Black No More (1931)

Read about George Schuyler here

The first verse of George Schuyler’s satiric poem
“Ballad of Negro Artists”
which mocks the Harlem Renaissance writers

Now Old Merlin the wizard had nothing on us
Though he conjured a castle up out of the dust;
For with nothing but gall and a stoutness of heart,
On this public we’ve foisted this New Negro Art.

Oh! This New Negro Art;
This ‘peculiar’ art
On the gullible public
We’ve foisted our ‘art’

[Read the entire poem here]

Read about George Schuyler's "The Negro-Art Hokum" opposing viewpoint to Langston Hughes' "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" here

Read Oscar R. Williams' dissertation
The making of a Black conservative: George S Schuyler

Listen to George Schuyler in 1961, on a panel with Malcolm X and James Baldwin (minute 12:50)

Mary Coyle Chase

Mary Coyle Chase (born February 25, 1906) U.S. playwright and journalist – Harvey

Read about Mary Coyle Chase here

Watch this Youtube excerpt from the 1950 film Harvey, starring James Stewart