A Black Man Named Alexander Pushkin is Considered to be the Father of Russian Literature

Alexander Pushkin
Born in 1799, Alexander Pushkin would one day grow up to become who many consider to be the Father of Russian Literature. Not only were his poems and passages an eye-opener to Russian writers and their audiences, but he skillfully implemented a vernacular style of writing that displayed his family culture and history. And why would Pushkin's history be any different from other Russians of his day? Because simply: Alexander Pushkin was black. According to afrolegends.com, Pushkin's ancestry wasn't spent in Russia for very long before his birth. Evidently, the poet's great-grandfather, Abram Petrovich Gannibal, was an African slave. Gannibal later even marked history himself as a general to "Peter the Great." Alexander Pushkin continued the legacy of making his mark as he would grow to become a founding father to the modern style of Russian literature we have today.
In the short time that he was alive, Pushkin would introduce principles of writing that created branches of poetry that expressed romance and drama. Through essays, novels, poems, short stories, and narratives, Pushkin left a mark on the world of Russian literature. Although Pushkin would later die in a duel in 1873 at the age of 37, his legacy is not to be forgotten.