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Calvin C. Hernton
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(April 28, 1932-September 30, 2001) Born Calvin Coolidge Hernton in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Graduated from Talladega College in 1954 and received M.A. in sociology from Fisk University in 1956. Taught at Benedict College (1957-58), Alabama A. & M. (1958-59), Edward Waters College (1959-60), and Southern University and A. & M. (1960-61). Moved to New York in 1961, where he was employed as a social worker for New York State Department of Welfare. Co-founded Umbra magazine in 1963. From 1965 to 1969 was research fellow of the London Institute of Phenomenological Studies. Returned to U.S. in 1970, serving as writer-in-residence at Oberlin College. From 1973 until his death was professor of black studies and creative writing at Oberlin. Author of The Coming of Chronos to the House of Nightsong: An Epical Narrative of the South (1963, poetry), Sex and Racism in America (1965), White Papers for White Americans (1966), Coming Together: Black Power, White Hatred, and Sexual Hangups (1971), Scarecrow (1974, novel), The Cannabis Experience: The Study of the Effects of Marijuana and Hashish (1974, with Joseph Berke), Medicine Man (1976, poems), Sexual Mountains and Black Women Writers: Adventure in Sex, Literature, and Real Life (1987), and The Red Crab Gang and Black River Poems (1999).